grin

verb
\ ˈgrin \
grinned; grinning

Definition of grin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

grin

noun
plural grins

Definition of grin (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.]

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Other Words from grin

Verb

grinner noun
grinningly \ ˈgri-​niŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms for grin

Synonyms: Verb

beam, smile

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Examples of grin in a Sentence

Verb

She continued to tease her brother, grinning wickedly. grinned at the kids' fooling around in the pool

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The symbol of the Kaanul dynasty were stone masks carved in the form of grinning snakes. Fox News, "Experts: Mayan altar hints at ancient intrigue," 14 Sep. 2018 Nighttime facial products that would give me the glow of this grinning goddess? Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Instagram Made Me Buy It," 20 Sep. 2018 Every modern commander in chief, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, has gripped-and-grinned for the cameras with cruel authoritarians. Erick Trickey, Washington Post, "When Hitler met Hoover: 9 photos of dictators scoring presidential face time," 10 June 2018 Here’s what each meeting looks like: The Sniff: This is the initial meet and greet, grip and grin—like two dogs sniffing each other. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Anything Good Takes Exactly Five Meetings," 18 Nov. 2018 But in 2017, Gibson appeared at the Oscars as a nominee for Best Director, grinning happily in the front section. Constance Grady, Vox, "Mel Gibson has set the blueprint for a #MeToo comeback. Expect other men to follow it.," 24 July 2018 On Saturday, Kensington Palace took to Twitter to share a photo that shows Prince George grinning broadly and looking super grown-up since his days as the lone royal baby. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "It's Prince George's Fifth Birthday—Here's How He's Celebrating," 22 July 2018 Last year showed him in a blue and white button-down, grinning against a gray background. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Prince George’s Official 5th Birthday Portrait," 21 July 2018 Young men in tuxedos, grinning widely, clambered over one another for a better view of the belly dancer. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of grin

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grin

Verb

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

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The first known use of grin was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for grin

grin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grin

: to smile widely

grin

verb
\ ˈgrin \
grinned; grinning

Kids Definition of grin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to smile broadly showing teeth

grin

noun

Kids Definition of grin (Entry 2 of 2)

: a broad smile that shows teeth

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