a constantly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
grin like a Cheshire cat, to smile or grin inscrutably.

a cat with a broad grin, esp. fictitious
Word Origin

from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Cheshire cat [(chesh-uhr)]

A cat with an enormous grin encountered by Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. The cat tends to disappear, leaving only its smile hanging in the air.

Note: “Smiling like a Cheshire cat” refers to anyone with a conspicuous and long-lasting smile.


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