girn

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Metathesized form of grin.

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girn (third-person singular simple present girns, present participle girning, simple past and past participle girned)

  1. (dialectal) To grimace; to snarl.
  2. (Scotland, Northern England) To whinge, moan, complain.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 107:
      And Jim was just girning all the time. I telled him to shut it.
  3. (intransitive) To make elaborate unnatural and distorted faces as a form of amusement or in a girning competition.

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