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Imagine the following (chat) conversation:

John: Can you name all the presidents?
Marry: I thought they already had names ^_^

The text smiley ^_^ - or alternatively ;) - indicates irony. There are multiple ways to put that answer in spoken language (+countenance):

  • dead pan, monotone voice (tends to be sarcastic, may also be an angry, serious answer - no winking smiley in that case)
  • slightly grinning, dynamic voice (reply indicates kindly meant joke)
  • exaggerated intonation, ending at a high pitch like a (rhetoric) question, with mouth and eyes wide open to indicate that a joyful reaction is expected (and possibly kept until the others get the joke)

Is there a word for the latter? How is this expression or feeling called, waiting for the reaction to the funny answer?

This smiley expresses it quite well:

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    I'd call that emoticon a "sly smile". – Damkerng T. Sep 9 '15 at 11:58
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    How about impish grin, or mischievous smile? – Ruralife Oct 18 '15 at 5:21
  • I disagree with that face up there: That's the Awesome Face, sort of like a I see what you did there kind of deal. – Major Tom Nov 26 '15 at 3:51
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    I think a lot of people use smileys to indicate things other than irony. I use them when I'm smiling :-) – snailplane Nov 26 '15 at 18:53
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The first word that comes to mind is: Whimsical

ADJECTIVE

1.playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way:

"a whimsical sense of humor"
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I don't think there is such a specific word. I would use Mischievous.
In my opinion you described a mischievous facial expressions.

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