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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grin
A snare; a gin.

Etymology: AS. grin

verb Grin
  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.]

Etymology: OE. grinnen grennen, AS. grennian, Sw. grina; akin to D. grijnen, G. greinen, OHG. grinan, Dan. grine. √35. Cf. Groan

verb Grin
To express by grinning.
noun 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.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
  2. To draw back the lips and reveal the teeth, in a smile, grimace, or snarl

Before 1000 CE - From Middle English grinnen, from Old English grennian; compare to Old High German grennan (“to mutter”)

  1. A smile in which the lips are parted to reveal the teeth.

Old English

  1. (obsolete) A snare; a gin.

    grin was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Tok Pisin, and Vilamovian

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Grin

    Alexander Grin was a writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1906 to 1932. Alexander was given the name Alexander Grinevskii on August 23rd, 1880 in Kirov, Kirov Oblast. He breathed his last breath on July 8th, 1932.


    Louis de Rougemont was a various. Louis was given the name Henri Louis Grin on November 12th, 1847 in Gressy, Switzerland. He passed away on June 9th, 1921.


    Tay Grin is a hip hop music rapping. He plays Vocals. Tay was born on June 15th, 1984 in Malawi. Tay is also known as Kalilani and Limbani.


    Francois was born on September 14th, 1959.


    Yannik Grin is an athlete for the FC Gossau.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Grin U.S.
      White 81.53% 64.26%
      African American 3.60% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 14.41% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Grin

    • How Popular is the name Grin? As a last name Grin was the 84,463rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Grin? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Grin was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Grin: Your name in reverse order is Nirg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrig. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Grin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 222 people with the last name Grin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Grin as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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