grimace

[ grim-uhs, gri-meys ]
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noun
  1. a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.

verb (used without object),grim·aced, grim·ac·ing.
  1. to make a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.

Origin of grimace

1
First recorded in 1645–55; from French, ultimately from Frankish grima (unrecorded) “mask” (cf. grim, grime) + -azo, from Latin -āceus -aceous

Other words from grimace

  • grim·ac·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for grimace

grimace

/ (ɡrɪˈmeɪs) /


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

verb
  1. (intr) to contort the face

Origin of grimace

1
C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim

Derived forms of grimace

  • grimacer, noun
  • grimacingly, adverb

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