girn

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[ gurn ]
/ gɜrn /

verb (used with or without object), noun Scot.

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Definition for girn (2 of 2)

girn2
[ gurn ]
/ gɜrn /

noun, verb (used with object) Scot.

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Example sentences from the Web for girn

  • And he gave a girn, that stretched his mouth from ear to ear.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch|David Macbeth Moir
  • The girn, my informant said, was never out its face, and it yammered on night and day.

    Folk Lore|James Napier
  • She has a way of glowerin' a body and giving a bit of a girn to her mouth.

    The Northern Iron|George A. Birmingham
  • 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

girn
/ (ɡərn, ɡɜːn) /

verb (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect

to snarl
to grimace; pull grotesque faces
to complain fretfully or peevishly

Word Origin for girn

C14: a variant of grin
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