Definition of groyne in English:


(US groin)


  • A low wall or sturdy barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.

    • ‘When a school passes beneath a pier or drifting boat, or within casting distance of a rock groin or favorite stretch of beach, every bait in its path gets picked up.’
    • ‘The construction of groynes along the Ennore Expressway and the subsequent formation of beaches on the southern side have served as protection against tsunami, according to an ocean scientist in Chennai.’
    • ‘To prevent beaches from disappearing, landowners build rock walls called groins perpendicular to the coast.’
    • ‘Some New Jersey communities built rock walls, called groins, perpendicular to the beach.’
    • ‘Coastal property owners have constructed sea walls, groins, and other devices to protect their property, and they also provide political support for public efforts to build and maintain shoreline engineering structures.’
    • ‘Fishermen who don't have boats do well also from the Texas City Dike, the Lighted Pier at the end of the dike, and from beachfront rock groins or piers.’
    • ‘Up early, down to the beach or groyne for an hour or so fishing and then home to fresh fish for breakfast, could there be a better start to the day?’
    • ‘We're blowing all this money to build houses and ruin habitat with so-called beach renourishment and jetties, groins and seawalls.’
    • ‘Four new groynes - timber planking walls running down the beach towards the water - will help trap sand and give greater protection to the base of the wall.’
    • ‘The giant waves smashed the groyne wall built in the 1970s and made of big blue metal boulders on the shore, tore down the fence, flooded the lawns and entered the Shore Temple.’
    • ‘She stood and walked down the groin to the beach, and intent on finishing her own run, ran in the same direction as Crane, towards the Nelson house at the top of the hill.’
    • ‘The artist's work focuses on the seafront and includes the groynes, gulls, yachts, beach huts and other items that form estuary scenery.’
    • ‘Seawalls, groins, and other manmade structures (including beach nourishment projects) can potentially reduce short-term, immediate erosion risk.’
    • ‘The draft includes plans for a new groyne between the port and Town Beach.’
    • ‘The installation of groynes, breakwaters, or protective sea walls has knock-on effects on the natural circulation of water and sediment in the near-shore environment.’
    • ‘Previously, the Port Authority has come out in favour of an eastern breakwater rail option, which would see a rock groyne extended out into the ocean.’
    • ‘Today, there is a functioning, studied spot off the coast of Australia that, unlike groins, jetties or sand pumping, was deliberately created for surfing.’
    • ‘The plan spends the bulk of its renourishment, artificial dunes, seawalls, groins and repairs to existing structures.’
    • ‘Early in the morning, a lone figure could be seen setting up an easel on one of the groynes found along the beach.’
    • ‘Visit any coastal area and you will see defence features such as groynes, sea walls and banks.’


Late 16th century: from dialect groin ‘snout’, from Old French groign, from late Latin grunium ‘pig's snout’, from Latin grunnire ‘to grunt’.