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v. grinned, grin·ning, grins
To smile broadly, often baring the teeth, as in amusement, glee, embarrassment, or other strong emotion.
To express with a grin: I grinned my approval.
1. The act of grinning.
2. The facial expression produced by grinning.
[Middle English grennen, to grimace, from Old English grennian.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Face … cut wide open by a beautiful grin … like pumpkins with candles shining out through their strong ivory teeth —Marge Piercy
- Grin at each other as if we’d just completed a double steal —W. P. Kinsella
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- Grinning dreamily, like a man who has just had a final fix —James Crumley
- A grin like a flash of dental lightning —Don Marquis
- Grin like a German Shepherd —Rick Borsten
- Grin like a kid caught smoking behind the barn —W. P. Kinsella
- Grin like an apple slice —Julia O’Faolain
- Grin like a salesman —Richard Ford
- Grin like the moon, just barely there, and like the sun, getting ready to set —Hortense Calisher
- Grinned at her like a six-year-old boy caught doing something he must charm his way out of —Niven Busch
- Grinned at me very engagingly, like a daddy who has just finished explaining to his little boy how the new electric train works —Harvey Swados
- Grinned, filling his cheeks, as if he had food in his mouth —Paul Theroux
- Grinned just like a jackass chewing briars —George Garrett
- Grinned like a hungry tiger —Harvey Swados
- Grinned like a pumpkin —Marge Piercy
- Grinned like a shark —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Grinned like a weasel in a chicken coop —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Grinning like a cageful of monkeys —Erich Maria Remarque
- Grinning like a Death’s-head —Loren D. Estleman
- Grinned like beans —Rita Mae Brown
- Grinning like egg-sucking foxes —John D. MacDonald
- A grin of recognition spread across Bunty’s face like a burn —Harvey Swados
- Grins like a clown with a banjo —R.H.W. Dillard
- Grin … wide as a pumpkin’s —Mary Hedin
- His grin was like a big wrinkle among the small ones —Robert Campbell
- A lop-sided grin, like he had a lemon in his mouth —Joseph C. Lincoln
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