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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The 48-year-old Wedding Crashers star — whose male passenger was also reportedly booked for obstruction and public intoxication — is seen grinning in the photo. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Vince Vaughn Grins in Mugshot Released After DUI Arrest in California," 10 June 2018 Courtesy of Tracy Emanoff Nine 11-year-old girls pose for a photo, grinning from ear-to-ear. NBC News, "Staying connected: Why these nine adoptees from China reunite annually," 11 July 2018 Stephens said, grinning broadly at mention of the feat. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens Have Parallel Lives on a Collision Course," 3 June 2018 On his first day in the Senate in 1965, Kennedy spies his brother Ted and grins broadly, practically skipping over to say hello. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What If Robert F. Kennedy Had Become President?," 30 Apr. 2018 And then, Barkley grinned beatifically, his face glowing with the confidence of a two-time Olympic gold medalist, because this was it: Game Time. Beck Dorey-stein, Philly.com, "Charles Barkley was star-struck before interviewing president Obama. A stenographer from Narberth calmed him down," 2 July 2018 Several rows ahead, two men high-fived, and their kids grinned. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians cheer Mexico to World Cup win," 17 June 2018 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

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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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