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American English: /ɡrɪn/
British English: /ɡrɪn/

Translation of grin in Spanish:

intransitive verb -nn-

  • (abiertamente o burlonamente)
    he grinned nervously at me
    me sonrió nervioso
    she was grinning from ear to ear
    sonreía de oreja a oreja
    to grin and bear it
    we'll just have to grin and bear it
    tendremos que aguantarnos
    habrá que aguantarse
    Example sentences
    • To our astonishment, Denis was grinning at us, and was even now heading in our direction.
    • Walk through the tiny airport at Yap, and a small tanned youth will grin at you broadly and place a flower arrangement on your head.
    • By now more than one third of the class was grinning broadly or chuckling to themselves.


  • (mocking)
    sonrisa (feminine) burlona
    and you can take o wipe that grin off your face!
    ¡y no te rías!
    a horrible grin
    una mueca espantosa
    Example sentences
    • I sit here with a silly grin on my face, feeling like I'm the first mother in the world to watch a child grow up.
    • He flashed the attendant behind the counter a dimpled grin and she smiled back warmly.
    • They smiled innocently up at the men, who looked down at them with silly grins, as if they had never seen a woman before.

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