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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
grin1 /grɪn/USA pronunciation
v., grinned, grin•ning, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to smile broadly: [no object]He grinned delightedly.[~ + at + object]She grinned at her guest.[~ + object]He grinned his appreciation.
- a broad smile.
- grin and bear it, to suffer from something unpleasant without complaining.
(grin), v., grinned, grin•ning, n.
- to smile broadly, esp. as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.
- to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth, as a snarling dog or a person in pain.
- to show or be exposed through an opening, crevice, etc.
- to express or produce by grinning:The little boy grinned his approval of the gift.
- a broad smile.
- the act of producing a broad smile.
- the act of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth, as in anger or pain.
1 . See laugh.
(grin), n., v., grinned, grin•ning.
Middle English grinnen, grennen, Old English grennian;
cognate with Old High German grennan to mutter
- Scottish Terms[Chiefly Scot.]a snare like a running noose.
- to catch in a nooselike snare.
- Middle English grin(e), Old English grin, gryn bef. 900
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
grin /ɡrɪn/ vb (grins, grinning, grinned)
- to smile with the lips drawn back revealing the teeth or express (something) by such a smile: to grin a welcome
- (intransitive) to draw back the lips revealing the teeth, as in a snarl or grimace
- grin and bear it ⇒ informal to suffer trouble or hardship without complaint
Etymology: Old English grennian; related to Old High German grennen to snarl, Old Norse grenja to howl; see gruntˈgrinning adj , n
- a broad smile
- a snarl or grimace
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