- Metathesized form of grin (Wiktionary)
“The water-hen gave one mighty final tug and toppled into the burn; while the weasel viciously showed me his teeth, and then stole slowly up the bank to the rose-bush, whence, "girning," he watched me lift his exhausted victim from the water, and set off with her for the schoolhouse.”
“The water-hen gave one mighty final tug and toppled into the burn; while the weasel viciously showed me his teeth, and then stole slowly up the bank to the rose-bush, whence, "girning," he watched me lift his exhausted victim from the water, and set off with her for the school-house.”
“I never thought I'd end up girning at my dinner like a mad pirate.”
“Ech! what a wicked 'un he looks, girning at death!”
“God only knows how we have managed to put up with your ungrateful girning, whinning and idiotic supiriority complex.”
“Wouldn't you have just had an overwhelming urge to stand up and punch the girning chimp right in the gob?”
“It had been like a mewling bairn, girning away for attention all morning, never satisfied by any amount of delicate handling and soft words, wearyingly restless in its cradle.”
“Here were dozens of men who never went near a church and probably harboured no religious prejudice, girning in frustration at not being able to join in songs affirming the superiority of the Scottish Protestant; sung in support of a football team which was today fielding three Dutchmen, two Germans, two Italians, two Australians and an American alongside its one token Scot: Neil McCann, who happened to be a Catholic.”
“Local residents are always girning about the noise when the place lets out. ”
“Wha are ye girning for like an auld Cheshire cat?" inquired the unsuspicious lady.”
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