grin

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verb \ˈgrin\

Definition of grin

grinned

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grinning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

grinner

noun

grinningly

play \ˈgri-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grin in a Sentence

  1. She continued to tease her brother, grinning wickedly.

  2. grinned at the kids' fooling around in the pool

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Origin and Etymology of grin

Middle English grennen, from Old English grennian; akin to Old High German grennen to snarl



GRIN Defined for English Language Learners

grin

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verb

Definition of grin for English Language Learners

  • : to smile widely


GRIN Defined for Kids

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grin

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verb \ˈgrin\

Definition of grin for Students

grinned

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grinning

  1. :  to smile broadly showing teeth


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grin

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noun

Definition of grin for Students

  1. :  a broad smile that shows teeth



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