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[gurn] /gɜrn/
verb (used with or without object), noun, Scot.
grin1 .


[gurn] /gɜrn/
noun, verb (used with object), Scot.
grin2 . Unabridged
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  • And he gave a girn, that stretched his mouth from ear to ear.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • She has a way of glowerin' a body and giving a bit of a girn to her mouth.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The girn, my informant said, was never out its face, and it yammered on night and day.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier
  • She'll come to hell efter me to girn at me, an' set them on me wi' their reid het taings, and curse me.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for girn


/ɡərn; ɡɜːn/
verb (intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
to snarl
to grimace; pull grotesque faces
to complain fretfully or peevishly
Word Origin
C14: a variant of grin
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