\ ˈgrȯin How to pronounce groin (audio) \

Definition of groin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : 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


groined; groining; groins

Definition of groin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to build or equip with groins

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groin 2a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of groin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In an essay published by the Guardian in March, cyclist Hannah Dines detailed her experience having to undergo surgery after years riding bike saddles that didn’t properly pressure-map her groin led to chronic inflammation and long-term trauma. Lauren Steele, WSJ, "Sports Gear Designed for Women’s Bodies—Not Stereotypes," 10 May 2019 Injuries have derailed his opportunities at times, though, and a groin knock suffered in a pre-World Cup friendly has Belgium holding its breath. Avi Creditor,, "Meet the Ultimate World Cup 23: The Best Talent in Russia," 11 June 2018 Paul missed the Rockets’ first game against his former team with a strained groin. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Is Chris Paul hurt or not hurt? 'I'm cool,' says the Rockets guard, who will play Thursday," 14 Mar. 2018 Former Cav Derrick Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers Friday because leading scorer Brandon Ingram is out with a strained groin. Joe Vardon,, "Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers, Game 66 preview and listings," 11 Mar. 2018 Vaccaro, who played the 2017 season in the final year of his contract, started 12 games before landing on injured reserve on Dec. 21 with groin and wrist injuries. Herbie Teope,, "Marcus Williams' arrival solidifies Saints safety group," 5 Feb. 2018 Note of caution: Harden had a recent hamstring injury and Paul has been slowed by a sore right groin. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson still reign, but it’s close," 3 Feb. 2018 Chris Paul, Harden’s All-Star teammate, sat out because of a sore groin. Josh Robbins,, "James Harden scores career-high 60 points and Rockets beat Magic 114-107," 31 Jan. 2018 Bradley, 27, missed seven games earlier this season with a sore right groin. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Avery Bradley on trade talks: The Pistons should serve best interests," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of groin


circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groin


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

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The first known use of groin was circa 1532

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English Language Learners Definition of groin

: the area of the body where your legs come together


\ ˈgrȯin How to pronounce groin (audio) \

Kids Definition of groin

: the fold or area where the abdomen joins the thigh


\ ˈgrȯin How to pronounce groin (audio) \

Medical Definition of groin

: 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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