un·​smil·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈsmī-liŋ How to pronounce unsmiling (audio) \

Definition of unsmiling

: not smiling or tending to smile : marked by a somber or serious expression or attitude a stern, unsmiling teacher

Other Words from unsmiling

unsmilingly adverb
His views were unsmilingly stated, implacably held, and amenable to no reasonable argument. — Simon Winchester

Examples of unsmiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The older of the two sisters, Minnie Lee, stares hard at the camera, her gaze direct and unsmiling but pleasant, almost quizzical. New York Times, 8 June 2022 Böhm's images appear like relics from the 19th century, with solemn -- and often unsmiling -- subjects dressed in traditional Dutch outfits. Leah Dolan, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 The minister of Islamic affairs and guidance, normally an unsmiling type, now cheerily defended the opening of cinemas and mass layoffs of Wahhabi imams. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 My segments are all totally deadpan, unsmiling, sarcastic. Michael Ian Black, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2020 There is a photograph of the act in which Houdini’s unsmiling face sticks out above the can (his knees were pulled up to his chest). David Denby, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2020 Moser’s front cover comes to us without words: just a Richard Avedon photo from 1978, with its subject in a dark turtleneck and loose leather jacket, lean and handsome and unsmiling, yet maybe just a bit amused. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2020 The visual design of the show is exceptional, from Andrés’s cerulean hair and asymmetrical ruffled blouses to the creepily pastel dental office where the unsmiling Úrsula works. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 1 July 2019 So how did fashion’s favorite unsmiling doyenne end up dabbling in the fine arts? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of unsmiling

1826, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Unsmiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsmiling. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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