I'm writing a poem about someone who smiles in a very vague way that leaves something to be desired. I've thought about words like unreadable, empty and vague, but not really "enigmatic". Their smile is mysterious and hard to read, but not in a way that they are hiding something or there is something that they aren't saying. It's more that their smile is disappointing to the viewer, as if they wanted more from that smile. Any ideas?

Here is some context:

...I grabbed her hand and she smiled her unreadable smile but didn't squeeze or withdraw...

  • It could be an inscutible smile – Araucaria - Not here any more. Sep 28 '14 at 21:09
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    Do you mean inscrutable? I like that! – DrEnzek Sep 28 '14 at 21:12
  • Sort of Mona Lisa's smile? – user66974 Sep 28 '14 at 21:13
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it looks like writing advice – FumbleFingers Sep 28 '14 at 21:17
  • Oops, yes with an 'r'! – Araucaria - Not here any more. Sep 28 '14 at 21:23

My insipid smile is a very watery smile. You might say it's a washed out smile.

Websters/ARTFL Insipid:

Wanting in spirit, life, or animation; uninteresting; weak; vapid; flat; dull; heavy;

Collins: Watery:

  1. insipid, thin, or weak

Merriam Webster Washed out:

2: depleted in vigor or animation

  • Watery! Its perfect because the word isn't too complicated, and I like the idea of a "diluted" smile. Thanks, mate! – DrEnzek Sep 28 '14 at 21:45

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