Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not having a smile; cheerless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not having a smile.

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

  • adjective Without a smile, unsmiling.

Etymologies

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smile +‎ -less

Examples

  • In the pictures always were her mother, a handsome, fair woman who looked as if she stepped out of a Howard Hawks movie and should have been named Slim, and her father, whose military heritage seemed inscribed in the leather of a Spartan shield that comprised the perpetually tanned hide of his smileless face.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • In the pictures always were her mother, a handsome, fair woman who looked as if she stepped out of a Howard Hawks movie and should have been named Slim, and her father, whose military heritage seemed inscribed in the leather of a Spartan shield that comprised the perpetually tanned hide of his smileless face.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • In the pictures always were her mother, a handsome, fair woman who looked as if she stepped out of a Howard Hawks movie and should have been named Slim, and her father, whose military heritage seemed inscribed in the leather of a Spartan shield that comprised the perpetually tanned hide of his smileless face.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • The references to Biblical plagues and destruction sent down from God do not mark out Karrer as Lot or a similar figure of Biblical misfortune; it is more likely the town itself is Gomorrah, smote for the sins of its inhabitants, plagued with gray ugly weather and congenital ennui and smileless faces.

    Damnation

  • She came forward, smileless, with disapproval written all over her face, said most coldly, ‘Good morning, Mr. Clemens,’ and passed on out.

    The Five of Hearts

  • She came forward, smileless, with disapproval written all over her face, said most coldly, ‘Good morning, Mr. Clemens,’ and passed on out.

    The Five of Hearts

  • N.N. Calmly and gracefully thou movest along the path of life, tearless and smileless, and scarce a heedless glance of indifferent attention ruffles thy calm.

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • Poor, modest, bored, unhappy Grant stood smileless…nervously seized each hand as it came, and while he gave it a single shake, looked not upon its owner, but threw a quick look-out for the next.

    Mark Twain

  • Poor, modest, bored, unhappy Grant stood smileless…nervously seized each hand as it came, and while he gave it a single shake, looked not upon its owner, but threw a quick look-out for the next.

    Mark Twain

  • The performers in this “ging-a-ring” then clapped hands with prolonged ejaculations of o-o-o-oh, stamped and shuffled forwards, moving the body from the hips downwards, whilst H.R. H. alone stood stationary and smileless as a French demoiselle of the last century, who came to the ball not to causer but to danser.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

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