Definition of smiley noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsmaɪli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmaɪli//
    Email, Text messages
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  1. 1a simple picture of a smiling face that is drawn as a circle with two eyes and a curved mouth
  2. 2a simple picture or series of keyboard symbols :-) that represents a smiling face. The symbols are used, for example, in email or text messages to show that the person sending the message is pleased or joking. See related entries: Email, Text messages
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: smiley