He is a not just a grinning creationist, he is also willing to disdain Darwinism with a sinister pugnacity.
Unfailingly, he would be grinning from ear to ear; I would be looking away, trying to focus my blurry drunk vision.
Nearby, a grinning butcher wields a meat ax, his apron spattered with blood.
He shot a grinning parishioner outside the Perfecting Church.
This grinning old man with the missing teeth had been sent to jail by the British again and again: but he had never been broken.
The grinning black pressed the hands of Burt and Howard to his forehead in turn.
He was grinning now and the eye of the tempter was gleaming.
She bade Gonzaga care for Francesco, and called one of the grinning pages from the gallery to be his esquire.
He was grinning from one huge, outstanding ear to the other.
Everything important is in that sense absurd from the grave baby to the grinning skull; everything practical is a practical joke.
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.).