grin

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Etymology 1[edit]

Before 1000 CE - From Middle English grinnen, from Old English grennian compare to Old High German grennan (to mutter)

Noun[edit]

A stylized grin.

grin (plural grins)

  1. A smile in which the lips are parted to reveal the teeth.
    • 1997, Linda Howard, Son of the Morning, Simon & Schuster, pages 364:
      When the ceremony was finished a wide grin broke across his face, and it was that grin she saw, relieved and happy all at once.
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grin (third-person singular simple present grins, present participle grinning, simple past and past participle grinned) (intransitive)

  1. (intransitive) To smile, parting the lips so as to show the teeth.
    Why do you grin?  Did I say something funny?
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
  2. (transitive) To express by grinning.
    She grinned pleasure at his embarrassment.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Grinned horrible a ghastly smile.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter 4, The Younger Set[2]:
      “Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins,” remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children.
  3. (intransitive, dated) To show the teeth, like a snarling dog.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      The pangs of death do make him grin.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
      They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old English

Noun[edit]

grin (plural grins)

  1. (obsolete) A snare; a gin.
    • Remedy of Love
      Like a bird that hasteth to his grin.

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Danish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡriːn/, [ɡ̊ʁiːˀn]

Noun[edit]

grin n (singular definite grinet, plural indefinite grin)

  1. laugh
  2. grin
  3. fun

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grin

  1. Imperative of grine.

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Etymology[edit]

From English green.

Adjective[edit]

grin

  1. green