- to smile broadly, especially as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.
- to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth, as a snarling dog or a person in pain.
- to show or be exposed through an opening, crevice, etc.
- to express or produce by grinning: The little boy grinned his approval of the gift.
- a broad smile.
- the act of producing a broad smile.
- the act of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth, as in anger or pain.
Origin of grin1
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- Chiefly Scot. a snare like a running noose.
- to catch in a nooselike snare.
Origin of grin2
Examples from the Web for grinning
He's grinning now and actually stretching his legs--his cane has fallen away as he speaks of the !Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Demand: Bring Back Beth!
December 11, 2014
At 5:00 a.m. the clubs get going properly; the Forbes stumble down from their loggias, grinning and swaying tipsily.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
As he relishes his triumph, a larger, grinning version of the man materializes in the background, eyeing his prey.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
“I thought North Korea might shoot down the plane, I thought they could hear my thoughts,” she says, grinning.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
He thought of the grinning men of the saloon; the hidden words.Way of the Lawless
I seemed face to face with some foolish, grinning masque of horror.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Sing takee walk, Linee, las all," said the grinning Chinaman.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Then he seated himself not far from the captives, facing them, grinning savagely.
Morgan was grinning sheepishly, "Here, what do you know about this?"
- to smile with the lips drawn back revealing the teeth or express (something) by such a smileto grin a welcome
- (intr) to draw back the lips revealing the teeth, as in a snarl or grimace
- grin and bear it informal to suffer trouble or hardship without complaint
- a broad smile
- a snarl or grimace
Word Origin and History for grinning
Old English grennian "show the teeth" (in pain or anger), common Germanic (cf. Old Norse grenja "to howl," grina "to grin;" Dutch grienen "to whine;" German greinen "to cry"), from PIE root *ghrei- "be open." Sense of "bare the teeth in a broad smile" is late 15c., perhaps via the notion of "forced or unnatural smile." Related: Grinned; grinning.
1630s, from grin (v.).