groin

\ \ [15] Unravelling the history of groin required a good deal of detective work, and the answer that the 19th-century etymologist Walter Skeat came up with was the rather surprising one that it is related to ground. The root on which this was formed was prehistoric Germanic *grundu-, which also produced the derivative *grundja-. This passed into Old English as grynde, which seems originally to have meant ‘depression in the ground’ (although the more extreme ‘abyss’ is its only recorded sense). It appears to correspond to Middle English gryndegroin’ (‘If the pricking be in the foot, anoint the grynde with hot common oil’, Lanfranc’s Science of Surgery 1400 – evidently an example of reflexology), and the theory is that the original sense ‘depression in the ground’ became transferred figuratively to the ‘depression between the abdomen and the thighs’. By the late 15th century grynde had become gryne, and (by the not uncommon phonetic change of /ee/ to /oi/) this metamorphosed to groin in the late 16th century. (Groynewall projecting into the sea’ [16] is a different word. It is a transferred use of the now obsolete groinpig’s snout’ [14], which came via Old French groin from Latin grunnīregrunt’.)

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  • groin — groin …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • groin — [ grwɛ̃ ] n. m. • gruing 1190; lat. pop. °grunnium, de grunnire → grogner ♦ Museau (du porc, du sanglier), et par ext. Museau tronqué et propre à fouir. Les porcs « enfonçaient en terre leur groin » (Flaubert). Extrémité du groin. ⇒ boutoir. ♢… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • groin — 1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from M.E. grynde groin (c.1400), originally depression in the ground, from O.E. grynde abyss, perhaps also depression, hollow, from P.Gmc. *grundus (see GROUND (Cf. ground)). Altered 16c. by influence of loin or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Groin — Groin, n. [F. groin, fr. grogner to grunt, L. grunnire.] The snout of a swine. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gróin —  / Groin    A descendant of the royal line of Durin s Folk.    An important figure in the royal genealogies of the Dwarves, Gróin was the grandson of Borin, the younger son of King Náin II, and so could claim direct descent from Durin the… …   J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary

  • groin — groin, groyne The groin is the part of the body between the belly and thigh; a groyne (AmE groin) is a low wall or timber framework built out from a sea shore to prevent beach erosion …   Modern English usage

  • groin — GROIN. s. m. Museau de cochon. Les cochons foüillent avec leur groin. un groin de cochon …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Groin — Groin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Groined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Groining}.] (Arch.) To fashion into groins; to build with groins. [1913 Webster] The hand that rounded Peter s dome, And groined the aisles of Christian Rome, Wrought in a sad sincerity.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Groin — Groin, v. i. [F. grogner to grunt, grumble.] To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Bears that groined coatinually. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Groin — Groin, n. [Icel. grein distinction, division, branch; akin to Sw. gren, branch, space between the legs, Icel. greina to distinguish, divide, Sw. grena to branch, straddle. Cf. {Grain} a branch.] 1. (Anat.) The line between the lower part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groin — [grɔın] n [Date: (14 19 centuries); : Old English; Origin: grynde valley ; influenced by groin animal s nose ] 1.) the place where the tops of your legs meet the front of your body 2.) a ↑groyne …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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