Grin vs. Smirk

By Jaxson

  • Smirk

    A smirk is a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness, falling into the category of what Desmond Morris described as Deformed-compliment Signals.A smirk may also be an affected, ingratiating smile, as in Mr Bennet’s description of Mr Wickham as making smirking love to all his new in-laws in the novel Pride and Prejudice.

  • Grin (noun)

    A smile in which the lips are parted to reveal the teeth.

  • Grin (noun)

    A snare; a gin.

  • Grin (verb)

    To smile, parting the lips so as to show the teeth.

    “Why do you grin?”

    “Did I say something funny?”

  • Grin (verb)

    To express by grinning.

    “She grinned pleasure at his embarrassment.”

  • Grin (verb)

    To show the teeth, like a snarling dog.

  • Grin (verb)

    To grin as part of producing a particular facial expression, such as a smile or sneer.

    “He grinned a broad smile when I told him the result.”

    “He grinned a cruel sneer when I begged him to stop.”

  • Smirk (noun)

    an uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful

  • Smirk (noun)

    a forced or affected smile; a simper

  • Smirk (verb)

    To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.

  • Smirk (adjective)

    smart; spruce; affected; simpering

  • Grin (verb)

    smile broadly

    “Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully”

  • Grin (verb)

    express with a broad smile

    “‘My word,’ grinned the delighted man”

    “she grinned her approval”

  • Grin (verb)

    grimace grotesquely so as to reveal the teeth

    “the skull grinned back at him, its eye sockets dark and hollow”

  • Grin (noun)

    a broad smile

    “a silly grin”

  • Smirk (verb)

    smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way

    “he smirked in triumph”

  • Smirk (noun)

    a smug, conceited, or silly smile

    “Gloria pursed her mouth in a self-satisfied smirk”

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