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grin

verb \ ˈgrin \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of grin

grinned; grinning
: to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth especially in amusement or laughter; broadly : smile
  • grinning from ear to ear

grinner

noun

grinningly

play \ˈgri-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grin in a Sentence

  1. She continued to tease her brother, grinning wickedly.

  2. grinned at the kids' fooling around in the pool

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Origin and Etymology of grin

Middle English grennen, from Old English grennian; akin to Old High German grennen to snarl

grin Synonyms

Synonyms

beam, smile;

Near Antonyms

grimace;

frown, glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl;

pout, sulk;

Related Words

laugh, simper;

smirk, sneer;


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grin

noun

Definition of grin

plural grins
: a facial expression produced by grinning especially in pleasure or amusement
  • a happy grin
  • She grew into a nimble young girl of seven winters, a thoughtful girl with shining brown eyes and a wide grin
  • —Louise Erdrich
  • I wanted to wipe the grin off his face [=make him stop smiling.]

First Known Use of grin

1565

in the meaning defined above

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GRIN Defined for Kids

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grin

verb \ ˈgrin \

Definition of grin for Students

grinned; grinning
: to smile broadly showing teeth

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grin

noun

Definition of grin for Students

: a broad smile that shows teeth


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