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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Wilson watches the robotic arm trace deft patterns on a full-scale test platform, and then grins as Loomis hands him a phone loaded with an app to move the arm manually. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Disrupting the Pentagon: Can the Air Force Learn To Love Startup Culture?," 12 Apr. 2019 Kate smiles down at her baby, while the rest of the family grins straight at the camera. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton's Holiday Thank You Cards," 19 Jan. 2019 The famed soldiers chorus, for example, is played for irony, with grinning animated skeletons dancing across screens framing a zombie-like parade of the walking dead, in direct contradiction of what Gounod’s triumphant music is telling us. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Splendid cast gives Gounod his due in muddled 'Faust' at Lyric Opera," 4 Mar. 2018 As Katy's Instagram story reveals, Orlando simply grinned and quietly watched his wife-to-be do her thing on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Orlando Bloom’s Priceless Reaction to Katy Perry’s Worm Dance on 'American Idol' Last Night," 11 Mar. 2019 Husson grinned and popped him back on her hip as the director walked to her seat, cameras following her every step. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Women march, demand parity at the Cannes Film Festival," 12 May 2018 As some of them passed, Blank grinned and offered congratulations. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Bonded by Super Bowl collapse, Falcons are a serious threat after extinguishing Rams," 7 Jan. 2018 Woke up with them, brushed my aging teeth with them, grinned at them in the mirror. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 2018 The clock in the kitchen of my Brooklyn apartment reads 12:32 a.m. — a full 14 hours behind Seoul, making it 2:32 p.m. KST — when a grinning Rowoon pops up on my phone screen, waving hello. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Interview: K-Pop Group SF9 Shares Their Skin-Care Secrets & Biggest Confidence Boosters," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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