Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A faint smile; a suppressed or forced smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A faint smile.
  • noun A suppressed or forced smile.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

semi- +‎ smile

Examples

  • The buff-looking blonde in the middle, in camel-colored boot-cut pants topped with a zippered fleece vest, raised her hand and gave us a semi-smile.

    The Half Life

  • The buff-looking blonde in the middle, in camel-colored boot-cut pants topped with a zippered fleece vest, raised her hand and gave us a semi-smile.

    The Half Life

  • The buff-looking blonde in the middle, in camel-colored boot-cut pants topped with a zippered fleece vest, raised her hand and gave us a semi-smile.

    The Half Life

  • I would often be distracted by the mere sight of him, so funny and beautiful, lying there marching, marching, his arms swinging and his face set in a determined semi-frown, semi-smile.

    Knowing Jesse

  • He looked up from his newspaper, and that semi-smile flickered, like a lightbulb that has suffered a momentary disturbance to its power supply.

    The Whisperers

  • I would often be distracted by the mere sight of him, so funny and beautiful, lying there marching, marching, his arms swinging and his face set in a determined semi-frown, semi-smile.

    Knowing Jesse

  • You know the one – that slightly supercilious tooth-sucking semi-smile he uses while explaining the complicated plot of the Oceans movies to the assembled mugging superstar cast.

    Up in the Air; Precious; Adoration; Where the Wild Things Are

  • The buff-looking blonde in the middle, in camel-colored boot-cut pants topped with a zippered fleece vest, raised her hand and gave us a semi-smile.

    The Half Life

  • He looked up from his newspaper, and that semi-smile flickered, like a lightbulb that has suffered a momentary disturbance to its power supply.

    The Whisperers

  • I love this blog and read it religiously before I head out to work, so I might make it through my day with a semi-smile on my face!

    It's My Blog and I'll Flog if I Want To...

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  • The Mona Lisa leaps to mind.

    December 10, 2010