Main definitions of groin in US English:

: groin1groin2

groin1

noun

  • 1The area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body.

    • ‘It suggests that the laparoscopic method may be better for hernias that occur on both sides of the groin and for recurrences.’
    • ‘The femoral is located in the leg at the groin area.’
    • ‘Swelling and tenderness was noted in the groin and proximal thigh.’
    • ‘The most common cause of groin pain in athletes is probably adductor strain.’
    • ‘In femoral fractures, patients usually complain of pain in the groin, anterior thigh, or knee, as well as painful range of motion of the hip.’
    • ‘Patients may have pain in the anterior groin, anterior thigh, buttock, greater trochanter, or medial knee.’
    • ‘One week before the competition while throwing one of my practice partners, I injured my groin.’
    • ‘We surveyed the advice given to patients on driving after groin hernia surgery.’
    • ‘The hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, he had 35 goals before a groin injury sidelined him.’
    • ‘It can also give you a fever, low-back pain or pain in your groin (the area where the legs meet your body).’
    • ‘Lift your shoulders off the floor bringing your upper body towards your groin, hold position then release.’
    • ‘The pain may be in the groin, buttocks, anterior thigh, or over the area of the greater trochanter.’
    • ‘A local anesthetic is injected into your groin to numb the area.’
    • ‘He is hitting well after missing two months with a strained left groin.’
    • ‘You're in the shower one morning when you notice a lump where your thigh meets your groin.’
    • ‘Ticks most often sting in the areas around the neck, behind the ear lobe and in the groin area.’
    1. 1.1informal The region of the genitals.
      ‘she kicked him in the groin’
      • ‘She kneed him in the groin and ran for the front door.’
      • ‘The heavy man clutched his groin in pain and fell to his knees on the ground.’
      • ‘Eventually, but without warning, she pulled away, her lips leaving his again, her hand drifting from his groin.’
      • ‘Now he dropped the sword and she brought her knee up into the man's groin.’
      • ‘He crumbled to the floor, clutching his groin in agony.’
      • ‘He could hear her breath quicken, her moans deepen, as her hands fought to find access to his groin where she could turn the tables on him.’
      • ‘Having captured a leg, and thus controlled the opponent's movement, a toe kick to the groin, inner thigh or lower abdomen could be easily applied.’
      • ‘Kicking targets are many - the groin, lower abdomen, or solar plexus.’
      • ‘I saw him dart after a guy that kicked him in the groin near those buildings over there.’
      • ‘The defender's right elbow is locked and her hand cannot strike the attacker's groin.’
      • ‘For good measure, I added a kick to the groin and he doubled over on the kitchen floor, shouting curses at me.’
      crotch, crutch, genitals
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  • 2Architecture
    A curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults.

    • ‘It is characterized by heavy, load-bearing masonry, the round-headed arch and its derivatives, the groin, and barrel vaulting.’
    • ‘On an impulse that she hardly understood, she crouched in a shadowed groin of the red-tiled roof, and peeked down into the forbidden area.’
    • ‘Gilt threads glittered in the weave of pennants and tapestries and high overhead a gold-trimmed groin vault shouldered off the arches of a marble ceiling.’
    • ‘The light didn't quite reach the high ceiling where carved figures lurked in the shadows of a graceful groin vault.’
    • ‘The corridor opened into a T-junction in a groin vault serving as a landing for a broad, dimly-lit staircase.’

Origin

Late Middle English grynde, perhaps from Old English grynde ‘depression, abyss’.

Pronunciation

groin

/ɡroin//ɡrɔɪn/

Main definitions of groin in US English:

: groin1groin2

groin2

(also groyne)

noun

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

groin

/ɡroin//ɡrɔɪn/