From earlier grine, from Middle English grinde, grynde, from Old English grynde (“abyss”) (perhaps also "depression, hollow"), probably related to Proto-Germanic *grunduz; see ground. Later altered under the influence of loin.
groin (plural groins)²
- The crease or depression of the human body at the junction of the trunk and the thigh, together with the surrounding region.
2011 October 15, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 1 - 1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
- The Mexican levelled nine minutes from time after Steven Gerrard, making his first start since undergoing groin surgery in April, put Liverpool ahead with a 68th-minute free-kick.
- The area adjoining this fold or depression.
- He pulled a muscle in his groin.
- (architecture) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults
- (euphemistic) The genitals.
- He got kicked in the groin and was writhing in pain.
- (geometry) The surface formed by two such vaults.
- Alternative spelling of groyne (?).
- To deliver a blow to the genitals.
- In the scrum he somehow got groined.
- She groined him and ran to the car.
- (architecture) To build with groins.
- To grunt; to growl; to snarl; to murmur.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
- bears that groined continually
groin m (plural groins)