View Full Version : What is "A half-smile"?

Dario D.
02-15-2007, 12:57 PM
I was just wondering what you think of when you read "he gave a half-smile".

I want to use it, but first I need to know what people think it means.

Thanks. :)

Sandi LeFaucheur
02-15-2007, 02:45 PM
Not a full-blown grin. Maybe he's feeling sad and doesn't really want to smile so the corners of his mouth go up a little bit, or he's feeling smug or superior. Think Mona Lisa.

02-15-2007, 10:47 PM
Either what Sandi said, or when one side of the mouth smiles but the other side doesn't. I usually consider a half smile to mean the person is reacting to something rueful or ironic.

Cat Scratch
02-16-2007, 12:17 AM
I agree with TheIT. Also, it feels strange to agree with an it.

02-16-2007, 12:21 AM
I agree, kinda. I guess it's odd because I wouldn't say half-smile. I might say half-hearted smile, or awkward smile, or even fake smile.

I guess if I read "he gave a half-smile" I'd mentally picture someone doing the ironic smile-huff thing, or - depending on the scene and character - I might picture what TheIT said. Rueful smile or grin of irony. :Shrug:

02-16-2007, 12:29 AM
I agree with TheIT. Also, it feels strange to agree with an it.

That's all right, I keep wondering why "Cat Scratch" looks like a peacock. ;)

In any case, looking at the smilies available, I consider these to be half smiles:

:rolleyes: :cool:

02-16-2007, 12:31 AM
Yeah, I would think ironic or rueful too.

People often ask me what I'm smiling about when I'm not aware I'm doing it - I think that might be a half-smile: a general, wry kind of amusement about something and nothing (I either get that or, cheer up love, it might never happen I don't think I've very good at controlling my own facial expressions, which is probably a bad thing).

Dario D.
02-16-2007, 04:13 AM
Okay. Thanks, all. :)

Very helpful.

02-16-2007, 04:39 AM
"sardonic grin" = "half-smile"?

02-16-2007, 04:45 AM
I'm with TheIT also...

02-16-2007, 11:21 PM
AKA a wry smirk.

Soccer Mom
02-17-2007, 12:57 AM
Listen to the IT. :S

02-18-2007, 04:31 AM
Smiling with half your mouth could be defined as a 'lopsided grin'. I picture a half smile as a Mona Lisa type expression, or a wry smile, or a thoughtful smile.