AskDefine | Define groin

Dictionary Definition



1 the crease at the junction of the inner part of the thigh with the trunk together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals [syn: inguen]
2 a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: breakwater, groyne, mole, bulwark, seawall, jetty] v : build with groins; "The ceiling was groined"

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  1. The long narrow depression of the human body that separates the trunk from the legs.

Related terms


long narrow depression




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  1. the snout of the pig

Extensive Definition

The groin is the crease (either fold or hollow) at the junction of the torso with the legs and the adjacent region that includes the external genitals. The term may be used as a euphemism for genitals, since the names of the latter are taboo words in some cultures. When someone has "pulled his/her groin muscles", usually, this person has pulled a muscle in the inner thigh.
groin in Guarani: Tambeypy
groin in German: Leistenregion
groin in Basque: Iztai
groin in French: Aine
groin in Hebrew: מפשעה
groin in Dutch: Lies (anatomie)
groin in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lyske
groin in Occitan (post 1500): Engue
groin in Russian: Пах
groin in Finnish: Nivunen
groin in Swedish: Ljumske
groin in Tagalog: Singit (anatomiya)
groin in Yiddish: כף הירח

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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