Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light-hearted competition in which people girn (make elaborate faces) through a horse collar; most popular in rural parts of England.

Etymologies

Metathesized form of grin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Auld Licht Idylls

  • 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.

    Auld Licht Idyls

  • I never thought I'd end up girning at my dinner like a mad pirate.

    Helen Simpson | Cockfosters

  • Ech! what a wicked 'un he looks, girning at death!'

    Wuthering Heights (Two)

  • God only knows how we have managed to put up with your ungrateful girning, whinning and idiotic supiriority complex.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Wouldn't you have just had an overwhelming urge to stand up and punch the girning chimp right in the gob?

    Why Tell the Jokes?

  • 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.

    Boiling a Frog

  • 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.

    Boiling a Frog

  • Local residents are always girning about the noise when the place lets out. '

    Death Is Not The End

  • "Wha are ye girning for like an auld Cheshire cat?" inquired the unsuspicious lady.

    Bluebell A Novel

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.