Girn vs Ginn - What's the difference?

girn | ginn |

As verbs the difference between girn and ginn

is that girn is (label) to grimace; to snarl while ginn is .

As nouns the difference between girn and ginn

is that girn is a vocalization similar to a cat's purring while ginn is .

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Alternative forms

* gurn * gurne


(en verb)
  • (label) To grimace; to snarl.
  • *1999 , (Jessica Stirling), The Wind from the Hills , St Martin's Press.
  • To whinge, moan, complain.
  • *2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 107:
  • (label) To make elaborate unnatural and distorted faces as a form of amusement or in a girning competition.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A vocalization similar to a cat's purring.
  • *2002 , edited by Richard J. Davidson, Handbook of Affective Sciences , Oxford University Press, p. 569:
  • A different vocalization, a girn, simiular to a cat's purring, was observed in infants reunited with their mothers...

    See also

    * gowl


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    Etymology 1


    (en noun)
  • * {{quote-book, year=, author=The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. (1810-1897), title=Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=AZA'ZEL, one of the ginn or jinn, all of whom were made of "smokeless fire," that is, the fire of the Simoom. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1886, author=Andrew Lang, title=In the Wrong Paradise, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=There also were the "maids of modest glances," previously indifferent to the wooing "of man or ginn ." }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=, author=Sax Rohmer (1883-1959), title=The Quest of the Sacred Slipper, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I accordingly assumed Hassan to be a myth--a first cousin to the ginn . }}

    Etymology 2


  • * {{quote-book, year=, author=Charles Reade (1814-1884) and Dion Boucicault (1820-1890), title=Foul Play, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=You ginn it us hot--you did. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1912, author=Lawrence J. Burpee, title=Humour of the North, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Well, the doctor axed me to vote for his son, and I just up and told him I would, only my relation was candidating also; but ginn him my hand and promise I would be neuter. }} ----