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Meaning of GRIN

Pronunciation:  grin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
  2. [v]  to draw back the lips and reveal the teeth, in a smile, grimace, or snarl

GRIN is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: grinning, smile, smiling
 See Also: facial expression, facial gesture, smile, smirk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grin\ (gr[i^]n), n. [AS. grin.]
    A snare; a gin. [Obs.]
          Like a bird that hasteth to his grin.    --Remedy of
  2. \Grin\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Grinned} (gr[i^]nd); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Grinning}.] [OE. grinnen, grennen, AS. grennian, Sw.
    grina; akin to D. grijnen, G. greinen, OHG. grinan, Dan.
    grine. [root]35. Cf. {Groan}.]
    1. To show the teeth, as a dog; to snarl.
    2. To set the teeth together and open the lips, or to open
       the mouth and withdraw the lips from the teeth, so as to
       show them, as in laughter, scorn, or pain.
             The pangs of death do make him grin.  --Shak.
  3. \Grin\, v. t.
    To express by grinning.
          Grinned horrible a ghastly smile.        --Milton.
  4. \Grin\, n.
    The act of closing the teeth and showing them, or of
    withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth; a hard, forced,
    or sneering smile. --I. Watts.
          He showed twenty teeth at a grin.        --Addison.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beam, bright smile, broad grin, crack a smile, ear-to-ear grin, gleaming smile, glowing smile, grinning, idiotic grin, sardonic grin, simper, smile, smile brightly, smiling, smirk, stupid grin, toothful grin