[ grim-uh s, gri-meys ]
/ ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs /


a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.

verb (used without object), grim·aced, grim·ac·ing.

to make grimaces.

Origin of grimace

1645–55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous

Related forms

grim·ac·er, noungrim·ac·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grimace


/ (ɡrɪˈmeɪs) /


an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc


(intr) to contort the face

Derived Forms

grimacer, noungrimacingly, adverb

Word Origin for grimace

C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim
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