\ 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.]

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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 Regardless of whether the comparison is fair, the U.S. Marines will have to grin and bear it. Michael Peck, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The big wide stretchy geek smile that seemed to grin back at the entire world. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 Those who did make in-person complaints to supervisors and schedulers were either ignored or instructed to grin and bear it, per the letter and appendix sent to festival leadership. Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021 Steve Stricker couldn’t help but grin as Jim Furyk contorted his body into the letters U-S-A to get the crowd horseshoed around the first tee at Whistling Straits chanting Thursday morning. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Sep. 2021 Here, a look back at how fashionable show goers grin and bare it. Irene Kim, Vogue, 14 Aug. 2021 The man could no longer grin his way through his challenges. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Huge swathes of the public seem livid Markle can’t grin and bear it. Raven Smith, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2021 The wannabe candidates will just have to grin and bear it in their speeches, analysts said, and wait for months as Trump decides whether to announce another campaign. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grin

: to smile widely


\ 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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