grinning

Definitions

  • Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
    Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grinning a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Grinning making grins
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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.”
  • Professor Blackie
    Professor Blackie
    “Life is an earnest business, and no one every became good or great on a diet of broad grins.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “All nature wears one universal grin.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel%20Taylor%20Coleridge
    “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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grennian; Ice. grenja, Ger. greinen, Dut. grijnen, to grumble, Scot. girn; allied to Eng. groan, Fr. grogner.

Usage

In literature:

His two chums grinned understandingly at each other.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
Presently Scotty joined him and grinned.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
The boy grinned unpleasantly.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
He turned his glowing, ecstatic face to her, his mouth opened with a strange, ecstatic grin.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
With a shamefaced grin Pete shut his knife, and slipped it back into his pocket.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He could feel his lips stretching in a grin.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The turnkey made a derisive, threatening motion and, grinning, slammed the door behind him, locking it.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
O'Sullivan Og pointed to the sloop, pointed to his house, grinned.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
And then, as he heard the voice again, he grinned, and chuckled softly.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Kent pulled himself up, squinting at the sun and grinning apologetically.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
"Suicide In The Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon
There's grinning Pate laughs a' day through,
The blithest lad you'll see;
But troth he laughs sae out o' place,
He'd laugh gin I did dee.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire
With grinning teeth, and up-turned hair—
Brim full of spunk and wrath,
He growls, and seizes on dead bear,
And shakes for life and death.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
The Psalmist sung of days to come,
And God himself did bless the time,
And yet the grinning fool of race
Betrays the cause that is sublime.
"The Brutal Crime" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
And these—are these indeed the end,
This grinning skull, this heavy loam?
Do all green ways whereby we wend
Lead but to yon ignoble home?
""And These--Are These Indeed The Rnd"" by William Watson
"That is the last we shall see of him,"
The grizzled captain grinned,
As the little man skimmed down the hill,
Like a swallow down the wind.
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay

In news:

Colletti only grinned when I asked if he was ticked Greinke hadn't thought he was the smartest guy he'd ever met.
During a press conference with Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home, photographers snapped this photo of a grinning President Obama embracing her from the side.
"When my brother came off the lake," Nancy Thayer began, "we couldn't have slapped the grin off his face.".
Even as he ushered everybody of off the court after the game, he held the same, satisfied grin on his face.
"Do I have anything on my face," New England's defensive end said with a grin while staring into a sea of cameras and microphones focused solely on him.
These margaritas will have you giving a cheesy grin by the time your drink is gone.
"Let's go for a swim," she grins.
It took me years to match up a movie character to Nebraska linebacker Will Compton , whose grin and nature has a movie character quality to it.
A new program called Grin and Share It offers free dental care to uninsured kids.
The Grin -N-Bearit Show: "Learning To Swim".
" To me, "Be patient " meant "Grin and bear it," or that I should repress my feelings about the disagreeable aspects of life.
Hmmm, are you testing us readers to see if we really are paying attention (grin).
I'm not talking about a little grin.
Especially the grin on his face when the mission was accomplished.
Mondays just got juicier, thanks to a new crime procedural with lots of twists, chills and grins.
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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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