As the title indicates, I was looking for ways to poetically, or idiomatically describe ways to smile, or interesting ones anyway. I find that I always switch back to the most basic descriptive ways ('he smiled'), and I really need to expand my horizons. I haven't found this question here before so I'm guessing everybody else can benefit from this.
By poetic, I mean something like this:
"His mouth curled up into a fond smile"
- I like the site Descriptionari, which is where I usually check when needing a description (as the site's name indicates), but I have found only one expression that fits what I need ("The way his lips lifted upward").
- I've generally googled the question too, and found a Quora answer where users gave their philosophical take on what a smile means.
- The Macmillan dictionary proposed a vocabulary list, too, but it's the kind of words that'd accompany the word "smile", instead of either skipping it or phrasing it poetically.
Does anyone have any ideas, or ever come across something nice? Thank you in advance.