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grimace

[grim-uh s, gri-meys] /ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs/
noun
1.
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
verb (used without object), grimaced, grimacing.
2.
to make grimaces.
Origin of grimace
1645-1655
1645-55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous
Related forms
grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
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  • He repeated the words with a grimace of exasperation: "My name!"

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The baby made a grimace at him which was hideous but lovely.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Only his lips moved slightly, as if he were making a grimace.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Tubby made a grimace, and then seemed to be ashamed of his selfishness.

  • He seemed to be making comparisons in his mind as his lips formed a grimace.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for grimace

grimace

/ɡrɪˈmeɪs/
noun
1.
an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
verb
2.
(intransitive) to contort the face
Derived Forms
grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim
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Word Origin and History for grimace
n.

1650s, from French grimace, from Middle French grimache, from Old French grimuce "grotesque face, ugly mug," possibly from Frankish (cf. Old Saxon grima "face mask," Old English grima "mask, helmet"), from same Germanic root as grim (adj.). With pejorative suffix -azo (from Latin -aceus).

v.

1762, from French grimacer, from grimace (see grimace (n.)). Related: Grimaced; grimacing.

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