groin

1 of 2

noun

1
: the fold or depression marking the juncture of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh
also : the region of this line
2
a
: the projecting curved line along which two intersecting vaults meet
b
: a rib that covers this edge
3
: a rigid structure built out from a shore to protect the shore from erosion, to trap sand, or to direct a current for scouring a channel

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groin

2 of 2

verb

groined; groining; groins

transitive verb

: to build or equip with groins

Examples of groin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In 2019, McKnight was cleared in the shooting of her estranged husband, who was shot in the groin, Penn Live reported. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Jaquez - mixing jumpers with drives to the basket - in the first half looked more like the player who thrived before his January groin injury, not the player who has played unevenly since. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 Fear of a powerful woman Jan. 31, 2024 Keeping up with the news or cultural churn is tantamount to placing one’s self in a torturous James Bond escape scenario — sealed in a room where the walls are closing in slowly, or strapped to a table as a hot laser advances toward your groin. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The city attempted to launch its own project in 2021 with the approval of a tentative plan that included building a series of groins — long jetty-like lines of rocks extending across the beach out into the ocean. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 So while a groin strain never is optimal, the time off might be. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2024 Jaquez had 10 points and three rebounds, shooting 4 for 6 from the field on his most efficient night from the field since returning from a groin injury six games ago. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The Kansas City Chiefs made a somewhat unexpected transaction Saturday, designating running back Jerick McKinnon to return to practice following a groin injury. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 Ten of his points came in the fourth quarter when the Wolverines had to figure out how to outlast Mercy Miller, who finished with 33 points after getting treatment for a groin injury last weekend. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

alteration of Middle English grynde, from Old English, abyss; akin to Old English grund ground

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of groin was circa 1532

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Cite this Entry

“Groin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groin. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

groin

1 of 2 noun
1
: the junction of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh or the part of the body around this junction
2
: the curved line or rib on a ceiling along which two vaults meet

groin

2 of 2 verb
: to build or equip with groins

Medical Definition

groin

noun
: the fold or depression marking the juncture of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh
also : the region of this line

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