grin

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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, broad, Cheshire (AmE), Cheshire-cat, huge, large, wide
faint, feeble, slight, small
friendly, sympathetic
happy
infectious
lazy
cheesy, foolish, goofy, silly, stupid
boyish, cheeky (BrE), devilish, devious, impish, mischievous, playful, sly, teasing

Edmund looked up with an impish grin.

mocking, teasing
cocky, smug
satisfied
sheepish, shy
rueful, sardonic, wry
knowing
insane, manic
amused
evil, feral (esp. AmE), hideous, malicious, sinister, wicked, wolfish
crooked, lopsided
gap-toothed, toothless, toothy
VERB + GRIN
have

He had a cheeky grin.

I wondered why Dad had a grin on his face.

crack, flash (sb), give (sb), let out (AmE)

He gave the photographer a big grin.

grin, smile

He grinned his adorable grin.

force, manage

He forced a grin despite feeling angry.

break into, curl into (AmE), form, split into

The old man's face broke into a grin.

Her lips started to form a slight grin.

fight, fight back, hide, hold back, stifle, suppress

She tried to stifle a grin.

wear
return
GRIN + VERB
broaden, grow, grow broader, grow wider, widen
appear, break out (across sb's face), come across sb's face, come over sb's face, creep across sb's face, creep onto sb's face, cross sb's face, form on sb's face, spread across sb's face, spread over sb's face

A mischievous grin spread across the little girl's face.

be plastered across sb's face, be plastered on sb's face, light sb's face, light up sb's face, play on sb's face, split sb's face, tug at sb's lips

a grin tugging at the corners of his lips

disappear, fade

His wry grin faded.

turn into sth

Her grin turned into a frown.

PREPOSITION
with a grin

‘Fooled you!’ he said, with a cheeky grin.

grin at

a grin at his wife

grin of

a grin of triumph

PHRASES
take the grin off your face, wipe the grin off your face

Take that grin off your face!

wipe the grin off sb's face

I'll soon wipe that silly grin off her face.

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verb
ADVERB
broadly, widely

He appeared in the doorway grinning broadly.

slightly, weakly
crookedly
brightly, cheerfully, happily
amiably
boyishly, cheekily (BrE), devilishly, impishly, mischievously, playfully
madly, wildly
triumphantly
proudly
inanely, stupidly
nervously, sheepishly

He just stood there, tongue-tied and grinning sheepishly.

apologetically, ruefully, wryly

She grinned apologetically when she saw him.

evilly, maliciously, slyly, wolfishly
knowingly
smugly
back, down at, up at

She relaxed and grinned wickedly back at him.

He lay grinning impishly up at me.

PREPOSITION
at

He stopped eating to grin at me.

like

He just stood there, grinning like an idiot.

to

She grinned to herself at the thought.

with

They grinned with pleasure.

PHRASES
grin ear to ear (AmE), grin from ear to ear

She looked at us, grinning from ear to ear.

Grin is used with these nouns as the object: ↑grin

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
(in laughing expressing scorn, etc.)


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