[ groin ]
/ grɔɪn /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for groyne


esp US groin

/ (ɡrɔɪn) /


a wall or jetty built out from a riverbank or seashore to control erosionAlso called: spur, breakwater

Word Origin for groyne

C16: origin uncertain: perhaps altered from groin
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Word Origin and History for groyne



"strong, low sea wall," 1580s, perhaps from obsolete groin "pig's snout" (c.1300; the wall so called because it was thought to look like one), from Old French groin, from Latin grunnire "grunt."

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