[syn: beamish, smiling(a), twinkly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smile \Smile\ (sm[imac]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Smiled
(sm[imac]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Smiling.] [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.
[root]173. Cf. Admire, Marvel, Smirk.]
1. To express amusement, pleasure, moderate joy, or love and
kindness, by the features of the face; to laugh silently.
He doth nothing but frown. . . . He hears merry
tales and smiles not. --Shak.
She smiled to see the doughty hero slain. --Pope.
When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.
2. To express slight contempt by a look implying sarcasm or
pity; to sneer.
'T was what I said to Craggs and Child,
Who praised my modesty, and smiled. --Pope.
3. To look gay and joyous; to have an appearance suited to
excite joy; as, smiling spring; smiling plenty.
The desert smiled,
And paradise was opened in the wild. --Pope.
4. To be propitious or favorable; to favor; to countenance;
-- often with on; as, to smile on one's labors.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: smiling with happiness or optimism; "Come to my arms, my
beamish boy!"- Lewis Carroll; "a room of smiling faces";
"a round red twinkly Santa Claus" [syn: beamish,
n 1: a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners
of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement [syn:
smile, smiling, grin, grinning]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
67 Moby Thesaurus words for "smiling":
beam, beaming, beatific, beatified, blessed, blissful, blithe,
blithesome, bright, bright and sunny, bright smile, broad grin,
capering, cheerful, cheery, chirping, dancing, ear-to-ear grin,
elated, eupeptic, euphoric, exalted, exhilarated, flushed,
flushed with joy, gay, genial, glad, gladsome, gleaming smile,
glowing, glowing smile, grin, grinning, happy, high, hopeful,
idiotic grin, in good spirits, in high spirits, irrepressible,
joyful, joyous, laughing, leaping, of good cheer, optimistic,
pleasant, purring, radiant, riant, rosy, sanguine, sanguineous,
sardonic grin, simper, singing, smile, smirk, smirking, sparkling,
starry-eyed, stupid grin, sunny, thrice happy, toothful grin,