Definition of grin in English:



  • 1 Smile broadly.

    ‘Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully’
    • ‘The man was still grinning from ear to ear.’
    • ‘He returned to the locker room, covered with mud, but grinning ear-to-ear.’
    • ‘By now more than one third of the class was grinning broadly or chuckling to themselves.’
    • ‘Walk through the tiny airport at Yap, and a small tanned youth will grin at you broadly and place a flower arrangement on your head.’
    • ‘Kevin and Max smirked and grinned in triumph at each other.’
    • ‘In all of the pictures, her mother was grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘She grins at me, revealing perfectly white teeth.’
    • ‘She couldn't stop grinning like an idiot for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘The older girl stopped short and looked over her head, grinning like a maniac.’
    • ‘Both men grinned broadly as they left court.’
    • ‘To our astonishment, Denis was grinning at us, and was even now heading in our direction.’
    • ‘Dom grinned at my joke and at his idea.’
    • ‘Great action, good characters, good acting, good villains, a good story: I came out of the cinema grinning with delight.’
    • ‘Both boys were grinning widely, showing off all their teeth.’
    • ‘Her friend laughed and even Sadie couldn't help grinning a little.’
    • ‘He grinned wickedly in response to her skeptical expression.’
    • ‘He gave him a pat on the head and grinned in spite of himself.’
    • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
    • ‘The girl grinned impishly, her hazel eyes sparkling with mischief.’
    • ‘My vision a bit blurry and still gasping for breath, I found myself trapped by three grinning teenage girls.’
    • ‘Maurice eyed me suspiciously, then realised who I was and grinned.’
    smile, smile broadly, beam, grin from ear to ear, smile from ear to ear, grin like a cheshire cat, smirk
    be all smiles
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    1. 1.1Express with a broad smile.
      [with direct speech] ‘‘My word,’ grinned the delighted man’
      [with object] ‘she grinned her approval’
      • ‘He grinned his approval, smile instantly fading as he spotted something in the sand ahead.’
      • ‘‘To be in the top six in the world is a huge achievement. Most experts said we'd be tenth,’ grinned coach Ian Rutledge.’
      • ‘‘I must admit, that was pretty good, for a girl,’ grinned Grayson.’
      • ‘‘Hi, there!’ grinned a tall man with long, flowing, coppery hair when Belinda opened the door.’
      • ‘"Thank you, " Chikan grinned at his brother.’
    2. 1.2Grimace grotesquely so as to reveal the teeth.
      ‘a grinning skull’
      • ‘For years now, human remains have become exposed in the eroding sand-dunes and it was not unusual to encounter a grinning skull when walking along a particular stretch.’
      • ‘The church is still there, as is the row of grinning stone skulls above the entrance, indicating it was used for burials during the Great Plague of 1665.’


  • A broad smile.

    ‘a silly grin’
    • ‘I sit here with a silly grin on my face, feeling like I'm the first mother in the world to watch a child grow up.’
    • ‘Suddenly Nook clapped his hands, and a broad grin spread across his face.’
    • ‘I looked back at Alison and she had a satisfied grin on her face.’
    • ‘That's not it, so wipe off that stupid grin.’
    • ‘She could almost see the mischievous grin plastered on his face.’
    • ‘Next morning, the flatmates have to laugh at me because I'm sitting in my dressing gown, staring into space with the goofiest grin you can imagine.’
    • ‘Theo looked up from his meal with a grin of satisfaction on his face.’
    • ‘Anthony, apparently listening in, flashes a wicked grin at his oldest brother.’
    • ‘She was waving to them, a grin from ear to ear on her face.’
    • ‘She glared at him, wanting to wipe that stupid grin off his face.’
    • ‘He blinked, then grinned his huge, cheesy grin, and pointed to the wall next to him.’
    • ‘A self-satisfied grin appeared on his face before he turned away from the mirror.’
    • ‘I just wanted to punch him, making that stupid grin vanish from his face forever.’
    • ‘She clicked off the phone and left the room with a silly grin on her face.’
    • ‘When he nodded, she sat back happily, a grin plastered on her face.’
    • ‘Rosie was waiting for me at the station and after some hugs and grins it was off to Rosie's new house.’
    • ‘A devious grin crossed his face as his clear grey eyes twinkled with amusement.’
    • ‘He had the brightest blue eyes and a wide toothy grin.’
    • ‘He flashed the attendant behind the counter a dimpled grin and she smiled back warmly.’
    • ‘They smiled innocently up at the men, who looked down at them with silly grins, as if they had never seen a woman before.’
    smile, broad smile, smirk
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  • grin and bear it

    • Suffer pain or misfortune in a stoical manner.

      ‘you'll just have to grin and bear it’
      • ‘These things happen, though, especially at times when the house market is moving very rapidly, and you're best advised to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘It doesn't seem fair but we just have to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘Your cheapest option will always be to grin and bear it in coach, but if your goal is value, a free or cheap upper-class seat will make your flight that much more enjoyable.’
      • ‘There was no way of ducking the cameras, we had to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘So you just grin and bear it and somehow muddle your way through, always focusing on your kid's desire to have a good day with the other parent.’
      • ‘Postponements are all part of the game and all you can do is grin and bear it, said Molyneaux.’
      • ‘With lack of competition, the products developed in the country were shoddy and much below the world standards; the Indian consumer had no other choice but to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘Actually, the novelty has long worn off and, like most of us hapless e-mailers, I too have to grin and bear it when I find my mailboxes clogged with junk mails.’
      • ‘I've just got to grin and bear it and see what happens in the summer.’
      • ‘They're doesn't seem to be any redress - it's just a question of grin and bear it.’
      put up with it, stick it out, keep at it, keep going, stay with it, see it through, see it through to the end
      persevere, persist, carry on, struggle on
      hang in there, soldier on, tough it out, peg away, plug away, bash on
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Old English grennian ‘bare the teeth in pain or anger’, of Germanic origin; probably related to groan.