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gurn Syllabification: gurn

Definition of gurn in English:


[no object] chiefly British
Make a grotesque face: (as noun gurning) gurning is one of the fair’s most popular competitions
More example sentences
  • Some people gurn and grimace and pull strange faces whenever a camera is waved near them, as if being caught without making a face would be somehow sneaky.
  • With her pointy-witch proboscis, she gurns and sneers at her audience like a ringmaster gripped by mad cow disease.
  • There's no sound, just a face looking down, as though into a toilet or a bowl of water, gurning and grimacing.


Example sentences
  • If you're voted as gurner of the month by those nice sane folk on the internet, you'll receive a Cumbrian facial pack (two slices of cucumber and some Lake District mud).
  • These outsiders have provided a wholly different perspective from our home-grown whingers and girners.
  • What this makes them I'm not sure, since they seem to spend an awful lot of time in their metropolitan bolt-holes girning about girners.


Early 20th century: dialect variant of grin.

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