simper

Part of speech: noun

An affected smile.

Part of speech: verb

To smile in a silly, self- conscious manner.

Part of speech: noun

A silly, self conscious smile.

Part of speech: verb

To smile in a silly manner.

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Usage examples "simper":

  1. They might gabble in a corner to each other and simper and giggle and pretend, but they were ballet- hoppers. - "Carnival", Compton Mackenzie.
  2. Godmother, it was true, was not afraid of her; but Cousin Grace was hushed at last and as for Laura herself, she consciously wore a fixed little simper, which was meant to put it beyond doubt that butter would not melt in her mouth. - "The Getting of Wisdom", Henry Handel Richardson.
  3. " This is ham," said she with a little simper, " broiled ham, Mr. Dockwrath; and there is chicken at the other end; I think they call it- devilled." - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.