- a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
- to make grimaces.
Origin of grimace
Examples from the Web for grimacing
The result was the same: Camille, grimacing and in pain, appeared ceaselessly.
Her eyes, in the centre of her flabby and grimacing face, were of celestial beauty.
Daniel, in the background, was grimacing and shaking his head.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
Lieutenant Tibbetts stumbled to his feet glaring and grimacing wildly.Bones
Why, but what, he reflected, grimacing—what if he had too hastily married somebody else?
- an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
- (intr) to contort the face
Word Origin and History for grimacing
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).
1762, from French grimacer, from grimace (see grimace (n.)). Related: Grimaced; grimacing.