New Word #75: Facial Expressions

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grin: smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open.

grimace: an ugly, twisted expression on a person’s face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement.

frown: form an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, typically by turning down the corners of the mouth.

ruddy: (of a person’s face) having a healthy red color.

snarl: A snarl is a sound, often a growl or vicious utterance, often accompanied by a facial expression, where the upper lip is raised, and the nostrils widen, generally indicating hate, anger or pain

yawn: involuntarily open one’s mouth wide and inhale deeply due to tiredness or boredom.

smirk:smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way.

simper: smile in an affectedly coy or ingratiating manner.

sneer: a contemptuous or mocking smile, remark, or tone.

leer:look or gaze in an unpleasant, malicious, or lascivious way.

guffaw:laugh in a loud or boisterous way. “both men guffawed at the remark”

stony: made of or resembling stone. “stony steps”; not having or showing feeling or sympathy. “Lorenzo’s hard, stony eyes”

Phrases with Smile, Cry, Laugh

smile from ear to ear: to smile happily

brimming with smile: full of some kind of happy behavior. The volunteer workers were brimming with goodwill. The smiling children were brimming with joy.

cry wolf: call for help when it is not needed, with the effect that one is not believed when one really does need help.

cry baby: a person, especially a child, who sheds tears frequently or readily.

be a far cry from: be very different from.

cry over spilled milk: there’s no point to being upset over something that has already happened and cannot be changed

cry foul: protest strongly about a real or imagined wrong or injustice. “deprived of the crushing victory it was confidently expecting, the party cried foul”

laughing stock: a person subjected to general mockery or ridicule.

have the last laugh: be finally vindicated, thus confounding earlier skepticism.

laughed out of court: Dismiss with ridicule or scorn, as in When he told them the old car could be repaired, they laughed him out of court.

no laughing matter: something serious that should not be joked about.

laughter is the best medicine: Humor is good for the health

crack a joke: to say something funny; to tell a joke

35 thoughts on “New Word #75: Facial Expressions

    1. Thank you very much to point that out. I have since changed it. I am very bad with spelling. LOL. I guess my brain just want an easier version with both syllables having the same composition of “aw”.

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    1. Wow, that’s so true. Basketball is such a game that physical contact is constant and “crying foul” is often heard. Actually I had not known how to use the word “foul” before I watched NBA games. I’ve felt quite comfortable with the usage of it after that.


      1. It’s interesting how many sport-related words creep into regular speech. For example “out of left field” is from baseball. And theres probably so many other examples I can’t think of right now. I bet you have done a list!

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        1. That’s a great idea for a sports related list. Actually I haven’t done one. I did one for Olympics, but that one is only about several Olympic events. Since I am no good in sport, I am a little diffident about sports related words. However it is such a refreshing idea and I should definitely try.


        2. Wow, yes. Now I remember a couple, like “the whole nine yards”, “kick start”, “give me a kick”. Wish I am more interested in sports, but I have an awkward body and I am very diffident in my physical abilities.


        3. Hahaha. Me too. There was once two very kind-hearted people spent an hour explaining a baseball match to me–we were sitting together watching, but I didn’t understand a thing and couldn’t catch up.


        4. Oh gosh whenever someone tries to explain a sport verbally it gives me anxiety. The only time things make sense is googling it on my own. Still don’t have a grasp of baseball tho…

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        5. Me neither. I still don’t understand a lot of football and American football rules. I tried several times, but my attention was not there…


    1. So true, Sam. Love your teenager’s self expressions. The world is a crazy place and no wonder teenagers are a little sulky. When I was a teenager, I was really really sulky, watching my dysfunctional family with dismay every day.

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