unsmiling

adjective un·smil·ing \ ˌən-ˈsmī-liŋ \

Definition of unsmiling

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

unsmilingly

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

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First Known Use of unsmiling

1826


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