- Anatomy. the fold or hollow on either side of the front of the body where the thigh joins the abdomen.
- the general region of this fold or hollow.
- Architecture. the curved line or edge formed by the intersection of two vaults.
- Also groyne. a small jetty extending from a shore to prevent beach erosion.
- Architecture. to form with groins.
Origin of groin
Examples from the Web for groin
Merabet had already been immobilized by a bullet to the groin.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
One of the pictures showed Vice President Dick Cheney outside the Oval Office, hands cupped in front of his groin.Yes, Lincoln Would Have Done ‘Between Two Ferns’
March 12, 2014
In another case, a female officer kicked a 37-year-old woman in the groin.In Los Angeles, Questions of Police Brutality Dog LAPD
November 24, 2012
He scored big with Tommy, then was nearly deported for kicking an NYPD officer in the groin at the Fillmore.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’
October 8, 2012
But as he was making for the ladder a bullet struck him in the groin and he fell.The Downfall
It is often seen at the navel and sometimes in the groin as early as the second week.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
Then the Nipe came in low, at an angle, trying for the groin.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
Pure air and cleanliness of groin and wound are to be obtained.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
His son John suffered from it in the groin and on the thigh; 2.
- the depression or fold where the legs join the abdomenRelated adjective: inguinal
- euphemistic the genitals, esp the testicles
- a variant spelling (esp US) of groyne
- architect a curved arris formed where two intersecting vaults meet
- (tr) architect to provide or construct with groins
Word Origin and History for groin
1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from Middle English grynde "groin" (c.1400), originally "depression in the ground," from Old English grynde "abyss," perhaps also "depression, hollow," from Proto-Germanic *grundus (see ground). Altered 16c. by influence of loin or obsolete groin "snout." The architectural groin "edge formed by the intersection of two vaults" is from 1725.
- The crease or hollow at the junction of the inner part of each thigh with the trunk, together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals.