What does smile mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smile, smiling, grin, grinningverb

    a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement

  2. smileverb

    change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure

  3. smileverb

    express with a smile

    "She smiled her thanks"


  1. smilenoun

    A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth while showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.

  2. smileverb

    or To have a smile on one's face

  3. Etymology: From smilen, of origin, from smile, from *, from smīlijanan, from smeyə-. Cognate with smila, smielen, smieron, smerian, smercian, smearcian, miror. More at smirk.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smilenoun

    A slight contraction of the face; a look of pleasure, or kindness.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I frown upon him, yet he loves me still. ——
    —— Oh that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Feast.

    No man marks the narrow space
    ’Twixt a prison and a smile. Henry Wotton.

    Sweet intercourse
    Of looks and smiles: for smiles from reason flow,
    To brute denied, and are of love the food. John Milton.

  2. To Smileverb

    Etymology: smuylen, Dutch.

    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have pluckt my nipple from his boneless gums. William Shakespeare.

    The goddess of the mountain smiled upon her votaries, and cheared them in their passage to her palace. Tatler.

    ’Twas what I said to Crags and Child,
    Who prais’d my modesty, and smil’d. Alexander Pope.

    Our king replied, which some will smile at now, but according to the learning of that time. William Camden.

    Let their heirs enrich their time
    With smiling plenty and fair prosp’rous days. William Shakespeare.

    All things smil’d,
    Birds on the branches warbling. John Milton.

    Then let me not let pass
    Occasion which now smiles. John Milton.


  1. Smile

    A smile is a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a Duchenne smile. Among humans, a smile expresses delight, sociability, happiness, joy, or amusement. It is distinct from a similar but usually involuntary expression of anxiety known as a grimace. Although cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world, there are large differences among different cultures, religions, and societies, with some using smiles to convey confusion or embarrassment.


  1. smile

    A smile is a facial expression that typically involves the curving of the lips upwards, often accompanied by the showing of teeth, and reflects happiness, contentment, amusement, or friendliness. It is a universally recognized symbol of positivity and can convey various emotions and interpersonal connections.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smileverb

    to express amusement, pleasure, moderate joy, or love and kindness, by the features of the face; to laugh silently

  2. Smileverb

    to express slight contempt by a look implying sarcasm or pity; to sneer

  3. Smileverb

    to look gay and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy; as, smiling spring; smiling plenty

  4. Smileverb

    to be propitious or favorable; to favor; to countenance; -- often with on; as, to smile on one's labors

  5. Smileverb

    to express by a smile; as, to smile consent; to smile a welcome to visitors

  6. Smileverb

    to affect in a certain way with a smile

  7. Smileverb

    the act of smiling; a peculiar change or brightening of the face, which expresses pleasure, moderate joy, mirth, approbation, or kindness; -- opposed to frown

  8. Smileverb

    a somewhat similar expression of countenance, indicative of satisfaction combined with malevolent feelings, as contempt, scorn, etc; as, a scornful smile

  9. Smileverb

    favor; countenance; propitiousness; as, the smiles of Providence

  10. Smileverb

    gay or joyous appearance; as, the smiles of spring

  11. Etymology: [OE. smilen; akin to Dan. smile, Sw. smila, MHG. smielen, smieren, L. mirari to wonder at, Skr. smi to smile; and probably to E. smicker. 173. Cf. Admire, Marvel, Smirk.]


  1. Smile

    The Smile Sessions is a compilation album released by American rock band the Beach Boys on October 31, 2011 that focuses on abandoned recording sessions which — if completed — would have followed the Beach Boys' eleventh studio album Pet Sounds. The album features comprehensive session highlights, outtakes and an approximation of what the completed Smile album may have sounded like based on a template established in 2004 for Brian Wilson Presents Smile. The Smile Sessions received unanimous critical acclaim upon release, is ranked number 381 in Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and won the award for Best Historical Album at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smile

    smīl, v.i. to express pleasure by the countenance: to express slight contempt: to look joyous: to be favourable.—n. act of smiling: the expression of the features in smiling: favour: (slang) a drink, a treat.—ns. Smī′ler, one who smiles; Smī′let (Shak.), a little smile.—adj. Smī′ling, wearing a smile, joyous.—adv. Smī′lingly, in a smiling manner: with a smile or look of pleasure.—n. Smī′lingness, the state of being smiling. [Scand., Sw. smila, to smile.]

Editors Contribution

  1. smile

    An expression of love and kind thoughts by an animal or human being using the mouth and eyes.

    To smile at each other is a simple gift from a human being to another or an animal and can energize our soul for the day.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 6, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Smile

    An Americanism for a “drink.” Unlike the common run of Americanisms, there is warranty for the term. When drinking their native beverage, “pulque,” the Mexicans look at one another, and smile. This custom has obtained with them ever since Montezuma gulped down this tipple offered to him by the hand of his daughter. See “Cocktail.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SMILE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smile is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smile surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Smile.

    59.2% or 96 total occurrences were White.
    31.4% or 51 total occurrences were Black.
    4.3% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smile' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1582

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smile' in Nouns Frequency: #673

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smile' in Verbs Frequency: #203

Anagrams for smile »

  1. limes

  2. miles

  3. Miles

  4. slime

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of smile in a Sentence

  1. Thich Nhat Hanh:

    Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

  2. Al Capone:

    You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.

  4. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

  5. Thomas Markle:

    I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now.

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Translations for smile

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  • аччаҧшьAbkhaz
  • glimlagAfrikaans
  • መገልፈጥ, ፈገግታAmharic
  • risetaAragonese
  • ابتسام, بسمة, ابتسامة, ابتسم, يبتسمArabic
  • qımışıq, təbəssüm, gülümsəməkAzerbaijani
  • йылмайыуBashkir
  • ўсме́шка, ўсміхацца, ўсміхнуццаBelarusian
  • усмихвам се, усми́вка, усмихна сеBulgarian
  • হাসিBengali
  • mousc'hoarzh, mousc'hoarzhinBreton
  • somriure, somrísCatalan, Valencian
  • велакъажарChechen
  • chålekChamorro
  • surrisuCorsican
  • usmát, úsměv, usmívatCzech
  • кулăChuvash
  • gwên, gwenuWelsh
  • smil, smileDanish
  • LächelnGerman
  • χαμόγελο, μειδίαμα, χαμογελώ, χαμογέλιο, χαμογέλασμαGreek
  • rideti, ridetoEsperanto
  • sonrisa, sonreírSpanish
  • naeratama, naeratusEstonian
  • irriño, irribarre, irriBasque
  • لبخند, لبخند زدن, تبسم کردن, پوزخند, تبسمPersian
  • hymy, hymyilläFinnish
  • smíla, smíl, brosa, brosFaroese
  • sourireFrench
  • lachWestern Frisian
  • fáthadh an gháire, miongháire, meangadh, meangadh gáire, déan miongháireIrish
  • fàite-gàire, fiamh-ghàire, dèan snodha-gàire, dèan fàite-gàire, snodha-gàire, dèan gàireScottish Gaelic
  • sorriso, sorrirGalician
  • pukavyGuaraní
  • મલકવું, સ્મિતGujarati
  • mynghearey, mongeyManx
  • murmushiHausa
  • חיוך, חייךHebrew
  • मुस्कान, स्मित, मुस्काना, मुसकुराहट, मुस्कुरानाHindi
  • mosoly, mosolyogHungarian
  • ժպտալ, ժպիտArmenian
  • surriso, surriderInterlingua
  • senyum, senyuman, tersenyumIndonesian
  • subride, ridetteInterlingue
  • rideto, ridetarIdo
  • bros, brosaIcelandic
  • sorriso, sorridereItalian
  • חיוךHebrew
  • 微笑み, 笑顔, 微笑, 微笑む, 笑う, 笑みJapanese
  • mèsemJavanese
  • ღიმი, გაღიმება, ღიმილიGeorgian
  • езу тарту, жылмың кағу, жымию, күлкіKazakh
  • ញញឹមKhmer
  • ನಗೆKannada
  • 미소, 웃다Korean
  • bişkurrîn, girrnij, bişkurr, girrnijîn, bêdeng kenîn, زەردەخەنە کردن, bişir, kenê bêdeng, bişirînKurdish
  • minhwarth, gwenCornish
  • жылмайыш, жагуу, жылмаюу, күлүмсүрөөKyrgyz
  • risus, subrīdeōLatin
  • schmunzen, schmonzen, Laachen, lächelen, schmunzelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຍິ້ມLao
  • šypsena, šypsotisLithuanian
  • smaids, smaidītLatvian
  • memeneMāori
  • на́смевка, се насмевнуваMacedonian
  • പുഞ്ചിരിക്കുക, മന്ദഹസിക്കുക, പുഞ്ചിരി, ചിരി, ചിരിക്കുക, മന്ദസ്മിതം തൂകുക, മന്ദഹാസം, മന്ദസ്മിതംMalayalam
  • инээмсэглэх, инээмсэглэлMongolian
  • हास्यMarathi
  • senyumMalay
  • tbissima, tbissemMaltese
  • အပြုံး, ပြုံးBurmese
  • lach, glimlach, glimlachen, smuilenDutch
  • smilNorwegian
  • chʼídinidlóóhNavajo, Navaho
  • riseta, risolegOccitan
  • мидбылты худтOssetian, Ossetic
  • ਮੁਸਕਾਨPanjabi, Punjabi
  • uśmiech, uśmiechaćPolish
  • sorrir, sorrisoPortuguese
  • asiri, chiqchi, thiti, asiQuechua
  • surrirRomansh
  • surâs, surâde, zâmbi, zâmbetRomanian
  • улы́бка, улыбнуться, усмехнуться, улыбаться, усме́шка, усмехатьсяRussian
  • स्मित, मंदहासSanskrit
  • arrisu, risichedhuSardinian
  • nasmiješiti, smiješak, о̏смије̄х, ȍsmēh, насмешити, nasmešiti, osmjehnuti, о̏сме̄х, ȍsmijēh, насмијешити, осмјехнутиSerbo-Croatian
  • හිනා වෙනවා, හිනාවSinhala, Sinhalese
  • úsmev, usmiať, usmievaťSlovak
  • nasmeh, nasmehniti seSlovene
  • nyemwereraShona
  • buzëqeshje, buzëqeshAlbanian
  • smil, leende, leSwedish
  • kicheko, tabasamuSwahili
  • புன்னகைTamil
  • చిరునవ్వుTelugu
  • лабханд, табассум кардан, лабханд задан, табассумTajik
  • ยิ้มThai
  • ፍሽኸታTigrinya
  • ýylgyryş, ýyrşarmakTurkmen
  • ngiti, yuhumTagalog
  • gülümseme, gülme, tebessüm, gülüş, gülümsemek, tebessüm etmekTurkish
  • елмаю, елмаерга, көлемсерәүTatar
  • посміхатися, посмі́шка, посміхнутисяUkrainian
  • مسکراہٹ, مسکانا, مسکراناUrdu
  • iljayish, iljaymoq, jilmaymoq, jilmayish, tabassum, tabassum qilmoqUzbek
  • cười, cười mỉmVietnamese
  • smilil, smililön, smilülön, smilülVolapük
  • sorîre, sourire, riselètWalloon
  • incumoXhosa
  • שמאָך, שמייכלYiddish
  • ẹ̀rínYoruba
  • 微笑Chinese
  • ukumamathekaZulu

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