- a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
- to make grimaces.
Origin of grimace
Related Words for grimacesneer, smirk, frown, scowl, contort, moue, mug, mouth, smile, face, mouthing, deform, distort, misshape
Examples from the Web for grimace
Contemporary Examples of grimace
But, he said with a grimace, “I do judge by my meetings with people how forthright they are.”Obama Judicial Pick Grilled By Senate Democrats
May 13, 2014
I gave him some brandy from my medicinal store, which he drank with a grimace.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
All that Bud Selig can do is grimace and give the game's perennial pariah a long, unpaid vacation.A-Rod the Scapegoat
Allen St. John
August 5, 2013
I hold onto his arm and lift him while he closes his eyes and tries not to grimace.I'm an Illegal Immigrant at Harvard
November 27, 2010
She was mostly gristle and bone when we saw her, lying in the sun with her legs spread and a grimace on her face.The Right and Left Are Wrong About My Movie
July 21, 2010
Historical Examples of grimace
He repeated the words with a grimace of exasperation: "My name!"Within the Law
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.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
He seemed to be making comparisons in his mind as his lips formed a grimace.L'Assommoir
- an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
- (intr) to contort the face
Word Origin for grimace
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.