grin

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[ 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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. grimness,
  2. grimoire,
  3. grimsby,
  4. grimsel pass,
  5. grimy,
  6. grin and bear it,
  7. grin like a cheshire cat,
  8. grinch,
  9. grinch stole christmas, how the,
  10. grind

Origin of grin

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

Related formsgrin·ner, noungrin·ning·ly, adverb

grin

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[ grin ]
/ grɪn /

noun

Chiefly Scot. a snare like a running noose.

verb (used with object), grinned, grin·ning.

to catch in a nooselike snare.

Origin of grin

2
before 900; Middle English grin(e), Old English grin, gryn

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British Dictionary definitions for grinning

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

noun

a broad smile
a snarl or grimace
Derived Formsgrinner, 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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