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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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 On another post of a grinning Baez, there were even more notes about the (possible) future love birds. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Sparks Rumors That Danny Reagan Might Start Dating Someone Close to Him," 16 Mar. 2019 Pete Carroll, his future head coach, grinned widely and fist-pumped up in the Seahawks’ box. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Shaquem Griffin’s NFL Story Begins Now," 29 Apr. 2018 But despite all the transformation, the good old pink elephant keeps grinning and spinning, perhaps reminding us to keep a good attitude in the face of so much change. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "From then to now: Pink elephant of the Elephant Car Wash has seen Seattle change drastically around it," 7 Feb. 2019 For those who can grin and bear it, the payoff is obvious once you’re deposited before some of the most beautiful and expansive views of New York available to the public. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Studying the Art of the Manhattan at Danny Meyer’s New Restaurant, Manhatta," 20 July 2018 The symbol of the Kaanul dynasty were stone masks carved in the form of grinning snakes. Fox News, "Experts: Mayan altar hints at ancient intrigue," 14 Sep. 2018 Nighttime facial products that would give me the glow of this grinning goddess? Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Instagram Made Me Buy It," 20 Sep. 2018 Every modern commander in chief, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, has gripped-and-grinned for the cameras with cruel authoritarians. Erick Trickey, Washington Post, "When Hitler met Hoover: 9 photos of dictators scoring presidential face time," 10 June 2018

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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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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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