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

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More and more, our avatars are turning from grinning glimpses into each other’s humanity into tiny proverbial (or actual) flags, prepared for battle. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "America in profile (pics)," 28 June 2018 Still, getting an offer to play for the Badgers had Wilcox grinning ear-to-ear Tuesday. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blake Wilcox picked up football last year, can connect from 60 yards and has an offer from Wisconsin," 26 June 2018 Pearson whips his head around and sees Romeo grinning that small grin. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In final high school game, Romeo Langford doesn't disappoint the fans," 10 June 2018 Alvin Gentry, the Pelicans coach, has a pair of bloody knuckles and a smoothie-drinkin' grin right about now. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Trail Blazers end up a puzzling and pathetic no-show in Game 3 blowout," 19 Apr. 2018 Speaking of phones, for those who are attached to theirs, the fair has added selfie spots throughout, where photogenic fairgoers can stop and snap a pic and post those grinning faces to social media for a chance to win a prize. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 The mural depicts a grinning Cheshire Cat, which dons a top hat with an image of the Queen of Hearts and stands in front of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Robert and Edward get in touch, and the story of their meeting — with a photo of the two grinning brothers, identical down to the same haircut — is reported by Newsday. Jessica Zack, SFChronicle.com, "‘Three Identical Strangers’ a strange case of triplets separated at birth and then reunited," 26 June 2018 This contraction of various facial muscles resonates across the entire arc of human history, from the grinning Greek kouros sculptures of 2,500 years ago right up to emoji, those little images that pepper our online communications. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How far would you go to be able to smile?," 13 June 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
\ 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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