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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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  • She courtesied to Philip, grimaced at Pete, and disappeared.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Ramsey grimaced and hit Garr Symm in the belly as hard as he could.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • He hated me—and it was easy to believe this, though he neither glared nor grimaced.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • She grimaced a little, looking up at me with a mocking laugh.

    Wintry Peacock D. H. Lawrence
  • A company that gestured, grimaced with the charm of lustful marionettes.

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    Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for grimaced

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 grimaced

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).

grimace

v.

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

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