girned; girning; girns

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland
: snarl
girn noun chiefly Scotland

Word History


Middle English, alteration of grinnen to grin, snarl

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of girn was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near girn

Cite this Entry

“Girn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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