Definition of unsmiling in US English:



  • (of a person or their manner or expression) serious or unfriendly; not smiling.

    ‘his face was hard and unsmiling’
    ‘a large unsmiling woman’
    • ‘The children are unsmiling, worn out with waiting!’
    • ‘The unsmiling person behind the counter, perusing your paperwork, has the power to destroy your life with one stamp in your passport.’
    • ‘The man, with a rust-colored mustache, was utterly unsmiling and miserable-looking.’
    • ‘My unsmiling parents were seated on the couch, as if they were the jury, with Muriel at their side.’
    • ‘Scruffy and unsmiling, the children are pictured gathering in a York backstreet slum in 1900, with plaster peeling from the surrounding brick walls and not a tree or blade of grass in sight.’
    • ‘Both men were unsmiling, and when they came to the table took their seats silently.’
    • ‘He runs a hand through his thick, dark-blonde hair and stares, unsmiling, with piercing blue eyes.’
    • ‘The sister who opened it encountered several grim, unsmiling soldiers, one of whom informed her they had come for their children.’
    • ‘Moments later, he was comforted by an unsmiling, slight figure dressed in T-shirt and jeans.’
    • ‘For once, he looked completely serious, his eyes blue gray and utterly resolute, his mouth unsmiling, his entire face determined.’
    • ‘Her cool, unsmiling, aloof look, to say nothing of her understated but hip fashion sense, goes along well with her her musical style.’
    • ‘An adversarial, unsmiling character, Bourdain has a gratuitous grudge against a society whose bourgeois comforts he long ago rejected.’
    • ‘The staff were helpful, yet unsmiling and tense.’
    • ‘But he was unsmiling, and his look was so serious that she suddenly felt she had done something wrong.’
    • ‘He held her level gaze, unsmiling but not unfriendly.’
    • ‘Two Indonesian nuns waited behind him, unsmiling.’
    • ‘The look on his face bothered me; it was an unsmiling, impassive expression with furrowed eyebrows.’
    • ‘She stands there before me, a lean, unsmiling girl, watching me.’
    • ‘Dori, Roger, Grace, and Grant all sat in the lounge area they had been directed to by the unsmiling woman with the tight bun on top of her head.’
    • ‘Even the photographs of those who believe MMR to be safe and effective show them to be unsmiling, in contrast with the smiling, benign expressions of the doubters.’
    sullen, sulky, gloomy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, in a bad mood, dour, surly, sour, glum, moody, humourless, uncommunicative, taciturn, unresponsive, unsociable, scowling, glowering, ill-humoured, sombre, sober, saturnine, pessimistic, lugubrious, eeyorish, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, depressed, dejected, despondent, downcast, unhappy, low-spirited, in low spirits, low, with a long face, blue, down, fed up, grumpy, irritable, churlish, cantankerous, crotchety, cross, crabbed, crabby, grouchy, testy, snappish, peevish, crusty, waspish
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