How to describe smiles and laughter

How to describe laughter

  • Ha ha (sarcastic)
  • Haha (polite)
  • Ha. (unmeant bored)
  • Ha! (exclamation)
  • Hehe (immature, sly)
  • Hahaha (genuine)
  • Haha… (sadness)
  • Snickering (disrespectful)
  • Giggle (silly)
  • Chuckle (brief and quiet)
  • Chortle (gleeful)
  • Cackling (loud shrieking)
  • Howling (loud)
  • Roaring (loud, boisterous)
  • Crying (losing it from laughter)
  • Scoff (dismissive)
  • Mirthless (actually expresses anger or sadness)

How to describe smiles

  • tight lipped or closed- lip smile, sometimes called a sly smile: this person has knowledge they have no intention of sharing. Masks true emotions. Often used by politicians and people who keep secrets. Similar to a wry smile (when they know something you don’t).
  • twisted smile (one side up, one side down): shows someone is bewildered.
  • forced smile: say cheeeese! The situation requires you to present a smile (with teeth) so you must fake it. This smile doesn’t reach the eyes.
  • broad smile / wide grin: expressed genuine joy. This type of smile causes wrinkles around the eyes and is contagious.
  • sneer: a conceited, mocking type of smile. the lips curls upwards but the eyes express disdain. The trait-mark smile of a narcissist.
  • smug smile: has lips pressed together and one side raised higher than the other side. Also described as a crooked smile. This can be a sign of arrogance, satisfaction or flirtation.
  • polite smile: is a closed lip smile for example used when greeting strangers
  • open mouth smile: looks great on pictures as it radiates a sense of happiness but looks terrible up close in real life.
  • Shy smile: favoured from women from men for its endearing effect. Induces the urge to protect and care for them.
  • Grimace (non smile): mainly found in the animal kingdom as a sign of fear