[ grin ]
/ grɪn /
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verb (used without object), grinned, grin·ning.
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.
verb (used with object), grinned, grin·ning.
to express or produce by grinning: The little boy grinned his approval of the gift.
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Origin of grin

First recorded before 1000; Middle English grinnen, grennen, Old English grennian; cognate with Old High German grennan “to mutter”

synonym study for grin

1. See laugh.


grinner, noungrin·ning·ly, adverb

Other definitions for grin (2 of 2)

[ grin ]
/ grɪn /

Chiefly Scot. a snare like a running noose.
verb (used with object), grinned, grin·ning.
to catch in a nooselike snare.

Origin of grin

before 900; Middle English grin(e), Old English grin, gryn
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How to use grin in a sentence

  • The challenge runs thus: 'A gold ring to be grinned for; the frightfullest grinner to be the winner.'

  • The Grinner sleeping in the sand was the only form of life to be seen, and at last he became weary of the hunt.

    Omega, the Man|Lowell Howard Morrow
  • Omega named it The Grinner, because of its habitual and ghastly smile.

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British Dictionary definitions for grin

/ (ɡrɪn) /

verb grins, grinning or grinned
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

Derived forms of grin

grinner, noungrinning, adjective, noun

Word Origin for grin

Old English grennian; related to Old High German grennen to snarl, Old Norse grenja to howl; see grunt
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