grin

Definitions

  • Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
    Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grin to draw back the lips and reveal the teeth, in a smile, grimace, or snarl
    • n grin a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grin A snare; a gin. "Like a bird that hasteth to his grin ."
    • n Grin The act of closing the teeth and showing them, or of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth; a hard, forced, or sneering smile. "He showed twenty teeth at a grin ."
    • v. t Grin To express by grinning. "Grinned horrible a ghastly smile."
    • Grin 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 ."
    • Grin To show the teeth, as a dog; to snarl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grin To draw back the lips so as to show the teeth set nearly or quite together, as a snarling dog, or a person in pain or anger. The muscles specially concerned in the act are the levator labii superioris and levator anguli oris.
    • grin Hence To smile with a similar distortion of the features; exhibit derision, stupid admiration, embarrassment, or the like, by drawing back the lips from the teeth with a smiling expression.
    • grin To snarl with, as the teeth in grinning.
    • grin To effect by grinning.
    • n grin The act of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth; hence, a broad smile; especially, a forced, derisive, sardonic, or vacant smile.
    • n grin A snare or trap which snaps and closes when a certain part is touched.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Grin grin to set the teeth together and withdraw the lips: to smile with some accompanying distortion of the features, expressive of derision, stupid admiration, &c
    • v.t Grin to express by grinning:—pr.p. grin′ning; pa.p. grinned
    • n Grin act of grinning: a forced or sardonic smile
    • n Grin grin a snare or trap.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it.”
  • Frank Muir
    Frank Muir
    “Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.”
  • Dr. Melba Colgrove
    Dr. Melba Colgrove
    “Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.”
  • Henry Fielding
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    “All nature wears one universal grin.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Philanthropist. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.”

Idioms

Grin and bear it - If you have to grin and bear it, you have to accept something that you don't like.
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Grin like a Cheshire cat - If someone has a very wide smile, they have a grin like a Cheshire cat.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. grinnen, grennen, AS. grennian, Sw. grina,; akin to D. grijnen, G. greinen, OHG. grinan, Dan. grine,. √35. Cf. Groan
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grín.

Usage

In literature:

Mebbe y'll change that grin later, when I tell you what he's done.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
The letter grinned at her from the dresser, on which she had left it.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
He stared full at me and grinned, showing very white teeth.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Howden grinned, but the grin could only be surmised by the others, for it was dark just preceding the dawn.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
I had not answered her grin; my mind was too busy with queer fancies.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
But it was the light in their eyes, their grinning faces, the buoyancy of their gait that held him.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
He grinned as he realized that the room was empty, and it was a grin of amusement.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Mattawa grinned as the others looked at him.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
It took a good eyeful and kinda curled up its lip and sneered at us, showin' its yellow teeth in a sarcastical grin.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
O'Malley just grinned wolfishly.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
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In poetry:

Thine is the thickness of the Dark
That presses in our pain,
As Thine the Dawn that bids us mark
Life's grinning face again.
"The Hymn to Physical Pain" by Rudyard Kipling
We suffered as few men suffer,
Yet laughed as few men laugh;
We grin as the road grows rougher,
And a bitterer cup we quaff.
"In The Day's When We Are Dead" by Henry Lawson
Then grinned the Ancient Briton
From the tumulus treed with pine:
'So, hearts are thwartly smitten
In these days as in mine!'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
They cared not though beneath them
There yawned a drop of miles,
But with a grin they roped it in,
And won their lady's smiles.
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse
Then smiling forth a hideous grin,
The gyant strides in haste,
And, stooping, aims a second stroke:
"Now caytiff breathe thy last!"
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
If on my pure tomb they should grave
My vices,—how the folks would grin!
And say with sympathetic wave:
"Like us he was a man of sin."
"Humility" by Robert W Service

In news:

Knicks' Woodson now all grins discussing Lin's departure .
But in New Jersey, grinning is actually against the rules.
HURON — When Kyle Terry laughs, bashfulness takes over and his hands come up to cover his wide grin.
Safely in position on the horse, she looks up, her face spreading into a big grin.
At first glance, the photo seems heartwarming: a man in his 60s, wearing a Santa suit and a grin as he wraps his arms around a boy.
I got inside the La Salle Explorer 's grinning and comically oversize head last weekend to see what it's like to be a Big 5 mascot.
How does Cameron Diaz maintain those mile-long legs and billion-dollar grin.
HOUSTON (AP) — UCLA coach Ben Howland couldn't hold back a wide grin as he praised his trio of freshman stars.
Grinning is just a whole lot more fun.
Biden's Stupid Grin Survey Says.
Ace & TJ's Grin Kids: The Departure.
Hollywood & Swine: Fake news with a wink and a wry grin .
The Grin -N-Bearit Show Presents: "What's Cooking On The Airwaves In Marla".
Researchers at the University of Kansas discovered that if people were told to hold a facial position similar to smiling - whether they knew they were supposed to be grinning or not - they had lower heart rates after a stressful situation.
This reminds me why it's important to get a college education, he grinned.
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In science:

Still, they retain enough memory of the initial quark-gluon state to provide evidence for its formation, like the grin of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland which remains even after the cat has disappeared.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
It is a powerful phrase that, like the “grin of the Ceshire Cat” from the first quote above, was picked up by journalists around the world in their reports on the CERN press release.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
Submitted. 18. Gu Q. F., Krauss G., Grin Yu., Steurer W. (2009) Experimental confirmation of the stability and chemical bonding analysis of the high-pressure phases Ca-I, II, and III at pressures up to 52 GPa.
Exotic behavior and crystal structures of calcium under pressure
To keep lens aberrations small, experimenters often choose corrected doublet lens systems, aspheric lenses or GRIN lenses which can have aberrations below the diffraction limit.
Testing and design of a lens system for atom trapping and fluorescence detection
There are radiation hard SIMMfibres in the inner region of the ATLAS detector connected to less radiation tolerant GRIN-fibres in the outer region.
Optical Readout in a Multi-Module System Test for the ATLAS Pixel Detector
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