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A facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement, or derision.
v. smiled, smil·ing, smiles
1. To have or form a smile.
a. To look with favor or approval: Fortune smiled on our efforts.
b. To express cheerful acceptance or equanimity: We smiled at the bad weather and kept going.
To express with a smile: Grandmother smiled her consent.

[From Middle English smilen, to smile, probably of Scandinavian origin; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]

smil′er n.
smil′ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.smilingly - with smiles; in a smiling manner; "the girl reminded her smilingly of their childhood spent together"
unsmilingly - without smile; in an unsmiling manner; "unsmilingly, he greeted his in-laws"
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[ˈsmaɪlɪŋlɪ] ADVcon una sonrisa
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[ˈsmaɪlɪŋlɪ] adv (look, reply) → sorridendo
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References in classic literature ?
"Madame, I doubt my ability before such an audience," said he, smilingly inclining his head.
"What a nice man!" remarked the Pumpkinhead, smilingly.
"My name is Jack Pumpkinhead," returned the other, smilingly; "but as to my business, I haven't the least idea in the world what it is."
He seized my hand between both his, and smilingly drew me forward.
It might be deemed a breach of trust, I thought, to convey that lily hand to my lips, so I only gently pressed it between my own, and smilingly replied, - 'I hardly can.
But listen,' said she, smilingly putting up her finger to check my impatient reply: 'in six months you shall hear from Frederick precisely where I am; and if you still retain your wish to write to me, and think you can maintain a correspondence all thought, all spirit - such as disembodied souls or unimpassioned friends, at least, might hold, - write, and I will answer you.'
He kept entering everyone's room in turn (whether invited thither or not), and, seating himself smilingly upon a chair, would sometimes say something, and sometimes not utter a word, but get up and go out again.
Hetty looked up at him smilingly and put her round arm through his in a moment.
'My house is desolate yet, Miss Grey,' he smilingly observed, 'and I am acquainted now with all the ladies in my parish, and several in this town too; and many others I know by sight and by report; but not one of them will suit me for a companion; in fact, there is only one person in the world that will: and that is yourself; and I want to know your decision?'
Late the next afternoon Tarzan and his Waziri returned with the first load of "belongings," and when the party saw the ancient ingots of virgin gold they swarmed upon the ape-man with a thousand questions; but he was smilingly obdurate to their appeals--he declined to give them the slightest clew as to the source of his immense treasure.
"So you really think you won't?" he queried smilingly. "Well, on second thoughts, you may take your choice.
"You must stay after school and try again, Rebecca," she said, but she said it smilingly. "Your poetry hasn't a very nice idea in it for a good little girl who ought to love duty."