Unfailingly, he would be grinning from ear to ear; I would be looking away, trying to focus my blurry drunk vision.
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.
He shot a grinning parishioner outside the Perfecting Church.
She would leave every day of shooting during the polar vortex just grinning from ear-to-ear.
Joe Biden practically skipped out of the Capitol building toward the dais, grinning and greeting friends.
The grinning black pressed the hands of Burt and Howard to his forehead in turn.
He thought of the grinning men of the saloon; the hidden words.
She bade Gonzaga care for Francesco, and called one of the grinning pages from the gallery to be his esquire.
"Sing takee walk, Linee, las all," said the grinning Chinaman.
Everything important is in that sense absurd from the grave baby to the grinning skull; everything practical is a practical joke.
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.
1630s, from grin (v.).