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[grin] /grɪn/
verb (used without object), grinned, grinning.
1.
to smile broadly, especially as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.
2.
to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth, as a snarling dog or a person in pain.
3.
to show or be exposed through an opening, crevice, etc.
verb (used with object), grinned, grinning.
4.
to express or produce by grinning:
The little boy grinned his approval of the gift.
noun
5.
a broad smile.
6.
the act of producing a broad smile.
7.
the act of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth, as in anger or pain.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English grinnen, grennen, Old English grennian; cognate with Old High German grennan to mutter
Related forms
grinner, noun
grinningly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See laugh.

grin2

[grin] /grɪn/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. a snare like a running noose.
verb (used with object), grinned, grinning.
2.
to catch in a nooselike snare.
Origin
before 900; Middle English grin(e), Old English grin, gryn
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Examples from the web for grinned
  • Though hobbled by strokes and blindness, he now grinned from ear to ear at the prospect of power.
  • They grinned and ordered from the shop next door, refusing to take our money.
  • But when she began to look about her, and to speak to me, he nodded his head and grinned several times.
  • She grinned and told me about the story described in this news report.
  • The pickup driver, who stood to one side smoking a cigarette, grinned.
  • The children shrugged, grinned, and continued to eat their dinner.
  • Realizing he had been noticed, he grinned and stretched.
  • They quickly regained their composure and apparently decided to roll with it, joining in the laughter as their father grinned.
  • He had a little drool at the corner of his mouth, and he turned to me and grinned from ear to ear.
  • And he grinned too and understood the wisdom of our madness.
British Dictionary definitions for grinned

grin

/ɡrɪn/
verb grins, grinning, grinned
1.
to smile with the lips drawn back revealing the teeth or express (something) by such a smile: to grin a welcome
2.
(intransitive) to draw back the lips revealing the teeth, as in a snarl or grimace
3.
(informal) grin and bear it, to suffer trouble or hardship without complaint
noun
4.
a broad smile
5.
a snarl or grimace
Derived Forms
grinner, noun
grinning, adjective, noun
Word Origin
Old English grennian; related to Old High German grennen to snarl, Old Norse grenja to howl; see grunt
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Word Origin and History for grinned

grin

v.

Old English grennian "show the teeth" (in pain or anger), common Germanic (cf. Old Norse grenja "to howl," grina "to grin;" Dutch grienen "to whine;" German greinen "to cry"), from PIE root *ghrei- "be open." Sense of "bare the teeth in a broad smile" is late 15c., perhaps via the notion of "forced or unnatural smile." Related: Grinned; grinning.

n.

1630s, from grin (v.).

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