grin

verb
\ ˈgrin How to pronounce grin (audio) \
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 How to pronounce grinningly (audio) \ 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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As a court officer held Terry off, Madison grinned and taunted him. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Serial killer’s mother slain in bed; teen suspect hid in shower," 24 June 2019 Jean grinned and admitted that this was not her doing. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Beneath the shrine, men grinned and groaned and heaved; the gravel at their feet grew dark with sweat. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Steps from home, Kent grinned, removed his helmet, tossed it aside and was enveloped by teammates. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From Big Papi to 'big brother,' David Ortiz's baseball impact a true love affair," 10 June 2019 In one photo posted to Twitter, Ellis grins with the Cascade Mountains rising in the background. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Naked man runs down aisle of Alaska Airlines flight, passengers say," 15 May 2018 Crowe tweeted about the sale back in February, sharing a shot of the print cover of the Sotheby’s catalogue that shows him dressed in a tuxedo, grinning while raising a celebratory toast to the camera. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Russell Crowe Finalizes Divorce from Danielle Spencer — Two Days After $3.7 Million Auction," 9 Apr. 2018 Joe sent me a picture of the two of them shaking hands and Joe grinning with his rod back in his hand. Ben Raines, AL.com, "A rod returned, a scoundrel redeemed," 29 Mar. 2018 Blue Ivy, a kid grinning in a gown most mortals likely couldn't afford: 1.6 million likes 3. Megan Friedman, Cosmopolitan, "These Were the Most-Liked Instagrams From the VMAs," 29 Aug. 2016

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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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Time Traveler for grin

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 How to pronounce grin (audio) \
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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