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  • n. A distorted facial expression.
  • v. to make a grotesque face.


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  • Had the joy of listening to old men 'gurn' and complain at a local sports event, seemingly oblivious to the fact they aren't at home in front of the TV or watching the multimillionaires.

    Irish Blogs

  • A gurn, or gurning is the ancient English art of pulling very silly faces.

    Boing Boing

  • The lesson she took away – that you can be a massive phoney as long as you gurn and squeal while you're doing it – is the guiding force for her debut single.

    This week's new singles

  • The show's power, though, came from the unending tango between the socially aspirant Harold, desperate to escape the ancestral pigsty, marry a nice girl and eat with matching knives and forks; and the calculating old man clinging on, needy and wheedling, that feral gurn switching between rabid contempt and wide-eyed horror of loneliness.

    Who's the daddy?: the greatest sitcom fathers

  • The lack of spin has brought out all his variations of flight, pace, drift, line, gurn, and he has used them brilliantly.

    The Ashes 2010: Australia v England - day four as it happened

  • They gurn at their rivals and joust with their multi-colored bills.

    A Year on the Wing

  • I don't photograph well - either I gurn like an idiot, or else look so pyschopathic it frightens the horses.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Blair's grimace, Brown's strange-voiced tip, and the gurn of resentment on the driver's face.

    A Tale of Two PPBs

  • What's with the potential gurn every time he pauses?

    When will Gordon learn to work with the camera?

  • While average-to-large-sized penis wielders can now watch the tournament safe in the knowledge that they no longer have to see Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewsk gurn and snarl (except maybe in American Express commercials), we offer some small consolation to those with tiny penises: Hey, the Yanks might win it all this year.

    stars and planets realign


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  • I was walking around in a more or less permanent gurn. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 29, 2012

  • "Four or five video screens dangle from the dark ceiling of the shop, and four or five Britney Spears jiggle and jive and gurn."

    Psychogeography by Will Self, 152

    October 17, 2010

  • To show the teeth, to snarl.

    January 3, 2010

  • Nar.

    October 19, 2008

  • Relation to gnar?

    October 19, 2008

  • See also gurning.

    October 18, 2008