grin/smile from ear to ear

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of grin/smile from ear to ear

: to smile widely : to have a big smile on one's face
  • He was grinning from ear to ear.

Word by Word Definitions

grin play
  1. : to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth especially in amusement or laughter

smile play
  1. : to have, produce, or exhibit a smile

  2. : to look or regard with amusement or ridicule

  3. : to bestow approval

  1. : a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, approval, or sometimes scorn

  2. : a pleasant or encouraging appearance

ear play
  1. : the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. : any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  3. : the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. : the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. : to form ears in growing


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