Definition of grin in English:

grin

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Smile broadly.

    ‘Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully’
    • ‘The older girl stopped short and looked over her head, grinning like a maniac.’
    • ‘Dom grinned at my joke and at his idea.’
    • ‘The man was still grinning from ear to ear.’
    • ‘He returned to the locker room, covered with mud, but grinning ear-to-ear.’
    • ‘Maurice eyed me suspiciously, then realised who I was and grinned.’
    • ‘He gave him a pat on the head and grinned in spite of himself.’
    • ‘Both boys were grinning widely, showing off all their teeth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her friend laughed and even Sadie couldn't help grinning a little.’
    • ‘To our astonishment, Denis was grinning at us, and was even now heading in our direction.’
    • ‘The girl grinned impishly, her hazel eyes sparkling with mischief.’
    • ‘Kevin and Max smirked and grinned in triumph at each other.’
    • ‘My vision a bit blurry and still gasping for breath, I found myself trapped by three grinning teenage girls.’
    • ‘Great action, good characters, good acting, good villains, a good story: I came out of the cinema grinning with delight.’
    • ‘She couldn't stop grinning like an idiot for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘By now more than one third of the class was grinning broadly or chuckling to themselves.’
    • ‘In all of the pictures, her mother was grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘He grinned wickedly in response to her skeptical expression.’
    • ‘She grins at me, revealing perfectly white teeth.’
    • ‘Both men grinned broadly as they left court.’
    • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
    smile, smile broadly, beam, grin from ear to ear, smile from ear to ear, grin like a cheshire cat, smirk
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    1. 1.1 Express with a broad smile.
      with direct speech ‘‘My word,’ grinned the delighted man’
      with object ‘she grinned her approval’
      • ‘"Thank you, " Chikan grinned at his brother.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘To be in the top six in the world is a huge achievement. Most experts said we'd be tenth,’ grinned coach Ian Rutledge.’
      • ‘He grinned his approval, smile instantly fading as he spotted something in the sand ahead.’
    2. 1.2 Grimace 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.’

noun

  • A broad smile.

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

  • grin and bear it

    • Suffer pain or misfortune in a stoical manner.

      ‘you'll just have to grin and bear it’
      • ‘I've just got to grin and bear it and see what happens in the summer.’
      • ‘It doesn't seem fair but we just have to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They're doesn't seem to be any redress - it's just a question of grin and bear it.’
      • ‘There was no way of ducking the cameras, we had to 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
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Origin

Old English grennian ‘bare the teeth in pain or anger’, of Germanic origin; probably related to groan.

Pronunciation

grin

/ɡrɪn/