Definition of gurn in English:


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Pronunciation: /gəːn
(also girn)


[no object]
  • 1British Pull a grotesque face.
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    • 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.
  • 2 (usually girn) chiefly Scottish & Irish Complain peevishly.
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    • We are sleepwalking through a consumerist theme-park, girning about the government.
    • Although what he's got to girn about is anyone's guess.
    • Instead of girning about Westminster we girn about Holyrood.



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  • 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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