This week’s #kanji is #笑, which is made of its semantic element of #たけかんむり(竹) and its phonetic element of 夭, although 笑 and 夭 do not share a sound in modern Japanese. I’m not quite sure why 竹 is the semantic element…

Meaning: to laugh, to smile
Reading: ショウ、わら、え

一笑(イッショウ)に付(フ)す: to laugh (a matter) off, to dismiss (a matter) with a laugh
失笑(シッショウ)を買(か)う: to invite sniggers (of amusement)
冷笑(レイショウ): a cold smile, a scornful laugh

笑(わら)い: a laugh, a laughter, a smile
笑(わら)う: to laugh, to chuckle, to smile, to grin
笑(わら)い話(ばなし): a funny story, something to laugh about afterward

笑(え)み: a smile
笑(え)む: to smile
笑顔(えがお): a smile, a smiling face

微笑(ほほえ)み: a smile

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