American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Scots To complain in a whining voice.
- v. Scots To contort one's face; grimace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grin; snarl.
- n. A grin.
- n. A yawn.
- n. A trap or snare for catching animals, birds, etc.: also used figuratively.
- To entrap or ensnare by, or as if by, a girn.
- v. dialectal To grimace; to snarl.
- v. Scotland To whinge, moan, complain.
- v. intransitive To make elaborate unnatural and distorted faces as a form of amusement or in a girning competition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To grin.
- Metathesized form of grin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English girnen, variant of grinnen, grennan; see grin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To wit: "And yet," says he, all chapfallen, "I fear me he will find occasion to clatter at my lady's ear, and mow and girn for his cracked pate to move her pity - and seest thou, father, it will look ill for me, a tenant oppressed crying Justice! and I can do nowt for him, wanting power at hand, and but the bailiff.”
“And then they stretch out their faces, and make mouths, and girn at me, and whichever way”
“Our board was full of words like larum and girn and ghat and revet.”
“Edinburgh, of course, was full of them, just as it was full of hills, biting winds, and people who liked to girn about things like hills and stairs and the wind ...”
“That's some o 'Robbie Boath's wark," he says in laich till himsel ', wi' an awfu 'girn on his face.”
“Contemporaries_: "Hunt has behaved like a hyena to Byron, whom he has dug up to girn and howl over him in the same breath.”
“There was a girn in it, as if she had learned to expect contradiction and disregard as the habitual response to all her remarks, and at the back of that a terror, far more dignified than the protest to which it gave birth, at the dreadful things she knew would happen because she was disregarded, and a small, weak, guilty sense that she had not made her protest loudly and, perhaps, cleverly enough.”
“I won't girn any more if you'll court me," she promised.”
“Then your faither -- his God do sit everlastingly alongside hell-mouth, an 'laugh an' girn to see all the world a walkin 'in, same as the beasts walked in the”
“Dour an 'din he was, wi' ae girn like th 'auld hornie.”
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