\ 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


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.]

Other Words from grin


grinner noun
grinningly \ ˈgri-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce grin (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for grin

Synonyms: Verb

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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 For instance, when infielder Ramón Urías worked a walk-off walk to beat the Yankees earlier this month, his first move was to grin and bring his hands to his face. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 In the photo, the father-son duo both grin with their arms crossed for the camera while standing back-to-back in sweatshirts. Greta Bjornson,, 2 Apr. 2022 Williams may not have wanted to flash a smile, but Auburn gave him plenty to grin about Saturday. Tom Green |, al, 19 Mar. 2022 Ten teenage girls grin from a stage, standing side by side with their arms intertwined and right feet kicked up in the air. Kaila Yu, Travel + Leisure, 13 Mar. 2022 Huey Long and Father Coughlin would grin in admiration. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 4 Mar. 2022 There, Sean Penn roars in as a old-studio lush as Tom Waits and other pals grin on the sidelines. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 No longer are athletes forced to grin and bear it through administrative turmoil, coaching turnover, or lack of playing time. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2022 Beaten down employees had to grin and bear the abuse until a new opportunity opened up elsewhere. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grin


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grin


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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grin and bear it

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“Grin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for grin


\ ˈgrin How to pronounce grin (audio) \
grinned; grinning

Kids Definition of grin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to smile broadly showing teeth



Kids Definition of grin (Entry 2 of 2)

: a broad smile that shows teeth

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