groin

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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

groin (plural groins)

  1. The fold or depression of the human body that separates the trunk from the legs.
    • 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.
  2. The area adjoining this fold or depression.
    He pulled a muscle in his groin.
  3. (architecture) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults
  4. (euphemistic) The genitals.
    He got kicked in the groin and was writhing in pain.
  5. (geometry) The surface formed by two such vaults.
  6. A structure projecting from a beach to change the pattern of erosion.
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groin (third-person singular simple present groins, present participle groining, simple past and past participle groined)

  1. To deliver a blow to the genitals.
    In the scrum he somehow got groined.
    She groined him and ran to the car.
  2. (architecture) To build with groins.

Etymology 2[edit]

French grogner (to grunt, grumble).

Verb[edit]

groin (third-person singular simple present groins, present participle groining, simple past and past participle groined)

  1. To grunt; to growl; to snarl; to murmur.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
    • Spenser
      bears that groined continually

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Noun[edit]

groin m (plural groins)

  1. the snout of the pig

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