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[gurn] /gɜrn/
verb (used with or without object), noun, Scot.
grin1 .


[gurn] /gɜrn/
noun, verb (used with object), Scot.
grin2 . Unabridged
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  • She'll come to hell efter me to girn at me, an' set them on me wi' their reid het taings, and curse me.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • And he gave a girn, that stretched his mouth from ear to ear.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • She has a way of glowerin' a body and giving a bit of a girn to her mouth.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The girn, my informant said, was never out its face, and it yammered on night and day.

    Folk Lore James Napier
British Dictionary definitions for girn


/ɡərn; ɡɜːn/
verb (intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
to snarl
to grimace; pull grotesque faces
to complain fretfully or peevishly
Word Origin
C14: a variant of grin
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