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grimace

[ grim-uhs, gri-meys ]
/ ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs /
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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.

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Origin of grimace

1645–55; <French ≪ Frankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo<Latin -āceus-aceous
grim·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
grimacer, noungrimacingly, adverb
C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim
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