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Words used to describe smiles

brittle

adjective

a brittle laugh or smile does not show real humour or happiness

broad

adjective

a broad smile is very wide, showing that a person is very happy

broadly

adverb

if you smile broadly, you give a very wide and obvious smile

cheesy

adjective

a cheesy smile is very obvious but looks false

gummy

adjective

showing a lot of your gums

humorless

the American spelling of humourless

humourless

adjective

a humourless smile or laugh expresses no pleasure

lazy

adjective

a lazy movement or smile is slow and relaxed

mirthless

adjective

a mirthless smile or laugh expresses feelings such as anger or sadness

Mona Lisa

adjective

used for describing a mysterious smile or expression on a woman’s face

sardonic

adjective

a sardonic smile, expression, or comment shows a lack of respect for what someone else has said or done

set

adjective

a set smile or expression does not change, and often hides what someone is really thinking

sly

adjective

a sly smile, look, or remark shows that the person doing it knows something that other people do not know

thin

adjective

if someone gives a thin smile, their lips move but the feeling is not sincere

tremulous

adjective

if something such as your voice or smile is tremulous, it is not steady, for example because you are afraid or excited

mirthlessly

adverb

sardonically

adverb

tremulously

adverb

like a/the Cheshire Cat

with an obvious or silly smile

wreathed in smiles

smiling a lot

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a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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