One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body.
- ‘The most common cause of groin pain in athletes is probably adductor strain.’
- ‘We surveyed the advice given to patients on driving after groin hernia surgery.’
- ‘He is hitting well after missing two months with a strained left groin.’
- ‘Lift your shoulders off the floor bringing your upper body towards your groin, hold position then release.’
- ‘You're in the shower one morning when you notice a lump where your thigh meets your groin.’
- ‘The hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area.’
- ‘A local anesthetic is injected into your groin to numb the area.’
- ‘One week before the competition while throwing one of my practice partners, I injured my groin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Swelling and tenderness was noted in the groin and proximal thigh.’
- ‘It suggests that the laparoscopic method may be better for hernias that occur on both sides of the groin and for recurrences.’
- ‘A fortnight ago, he had 35 goals before a groin injury sidelined him.’
- ‘Patients may have pain in the anterior groin, anterior thigh, buttock, greater trochanter, or medial knee.’
- ‘The pain may be in the groin, buttocks, anterior thigh, or over the area of the greater trochanter.’
- ‘The femoral is located in the leg at the groin area.’
- ‘Ticks most often sting in the areas around the neck, behind the ear lobe and in the groin area.’
- ‘It can also give you a fever, low-back pain or pain in your groin (the area where the legs meet your body).’
- 1.1informal The region of the genitals.
crotch, crutch, genitalsView synonyms
- ‘The heavy man clutched his groin in pain and fell to his knees on the ground.’
- ‘Now he dropped the sword and she brought her knee up into the man's groin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The defender's right elbow is locked and her hand cannot strike the attacker's groin.’
- ‘He crumbled to the floor, clutching his groin in agony.’
- ‘For good measure, I added a kick to the groin and he doubled over on the kitchen floor, shouting curses at me.’
- ‘Eventually, but without warning, she pulled away, her lips leaving his again, her hand drifting from his groin.’
- ‘Kicking targets are many - the groin, lower abdomen, or solar plexus.’
- ‘She kneed him in the groin and ran for the front door.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I saw him dart after a guy that kicked him in the groin near those buildings over there.’
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.’
- ‘The corridor opened into a T-junction in a groin vault serving as a landing for a broad, dimly-lit staircase.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English grynde, perhaps from Old English grynde ‘depression, abyss’.
A low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.
Late 16th century: from dialect groin ‘snout’, from Old French groign, from late Latin grunium ‘pig's snout’, from Latin grunnire ‘to grunt’.
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