or face palm or face-palm

[ feys-pahm ]
/ ˈfeɪsˌpɑm /


the gesture of placing the palm of one's hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection): She read the post and comments and did a facepalm. Okay, that was dumb—facepalm!

verb (used without object)

to use this gesture to express such emotions.

Nearby words

  1. faced,
  2. facedown,
  3. faceless,
  4. facelift,
  5. facemail,
  6. faceplate,
  7. faceprint,
  8. facer,
  9. facet,
  10. facet joint

Origin of facepalm

First recorded in 2000–05; face + palm1

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