Definition of grin in US English:

grin

verbgrins, grinning, grinned

[no object]
  • 1Smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open.

    ‘Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She grins at me, revealing perfectly white teeth.’
    • ‘The man was still grinning from ear to ear.’
    • ‘The older girl stopped short and looked over her head, grinning like a maniac.’
    • ‘Kevin and Max smirked and grinned in triumph at each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
    • ‘Both men grinned broadly as they left court.’
    • ‘Both boys were grinning widely, showing off all their teeth.’
    • ‘He returned to the locker room, covered with mud, but grinning ear-to-ear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In all of the pictures, her mother was grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘He grinned wickedly in response to her skeptical expression.’
    • ‘The girl grinned impishly, her hazel eyes sparkling with mischief.’
    • ‘He gave him a pat on the head and grinned in spite of himself.’
    • ‘By now more than one third of the class was grinning broadly or chuckling to themselves.’
    • ‘She couldn't stop grinning like an idiot for the rest of the day.’
    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’
      • ‘‘I must admit, that was pretty good, for a girl,’ grinned Grayson.’
      • ‘"Thank you, " Chikan grinned at his brother.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Hi, there!’ grinned a tall man with long, flowing, coppery hair when Belinda opened the door.’
    2. 1.2 Grimace or appear to grimace grotesquely in a way that reveals the teeth.
      ‘the skull grinned back at him, its eye sockets dark and hollow’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

nounPlural grins

  • A broad smile.

    ‘“OK,” he said with a grin’
    • ‘Suddenly Nook clapped his hands, and a broad grin spread across his face.’
    • ‘She could almost see the mischievous grin plastered on his face.’
    • ‘I looked back at Alison and she had a satisfied grin 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just wanted to punch him, making that stupid grin vanish from his face forever.’
    • ‘She was waving to them, a grin from ear to ear on her face.’
    • ‘A self-satisfied grin appeared on his face before he turned away from the mirror.’
    • ‘They smiled innocently up at the men, who looked down at them with silly grins, as if they had never seen a woman before.’
    • ‘He blinked, then grinned his huge, cheesy grin, and pointed to the wall next to him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She glared at him, wanting to wipe that stupid grin off his face.’
    • ‘A devious grin crossed his face as his clear grey eyes twinkled with amusement.’
    • ‘Anthony, apparently listening in, flashes a wicked grin at his oldest brother.’
    • ‘He had the brightest blue eyes and a wide toothy 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.’
    smile, broad smile, smirk
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Phrases

  • grin and bear it

    • Suffer pain or misfortune in a stoical manner.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've just got to grin and bear it and see what happens in the summer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It doesn't seem fair but we just have to grin and bear it.’
      • ‘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

/ɡrin//ɡrɪn/