Gern vs Girn - What's the difference?

gern | girn |

As verbs the difference between gern and girn

is that gern is (obsolete) to grin while girn is (label) to grimace; to snarl.

As a noun girn is

a vocalization similar to a cat's purring.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • (obsolete) To grin.
  • (obsolete) To yawn.
  • * Spenser
  • [He] gaped like a gulf when he did gern .
    (Webster 1913) ----



    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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