grimace

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

noun

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

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

to make grimaces.

Nearby words

  1. grillé,
  2. grilse,
  3. grim,
  4. grim dig,
  5. grim reaper,
  6. grimaldi,
  7. grimaldi man,
  8. grimaldi, joseph,
  9. grimaldian,
  10. grimalkin

Origin of grimace

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

Related formsgrim·ac·er, noungrim·ac·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for grimace

grimace

/ (ɡrɪˈmeɪs) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) to contort the face
Derived Formsgrimacer, noungrimacingly, adverb

Word Origin for grimace

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

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