grinningly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

grinning +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

grinningly (comparative more grinningly, superlative most grinningly)

  1. With a grin.
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Bush Studies (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 21:
      Squeaker's dog sniffed and barked joyfully around them till his licking efforts to bottom a salmon tin sent him careering in a muzzled frenzy, that caused the younger woman's thick lips to part grinningly till he came too close.
    • 2009 July 19, Terrence Rafferty, “On the Screen, the Shrink Has Shrunk”, in New York Times[1]:
      It’s very funny — Bob is played by Bill Murray at his most unhinged, the psychiatrist by Richard Dreyfuss at his most grinningly uptight — but it’s a little creepy too.