- a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
- to make grimaces.
Origin of grimace
Related Words for grimacedsneer, smirk, frown, scowl, contort, moue, mug, mouth, smile, face, mouthing, deform, distort, misshape
Examples from the Web for grimaced
Contemporary Examples of grimaced
Murray lost 6-1 7-6, 6-2 as Kate and William grimaced and groaned in agony with the rest of the nation.Murray Crashes Out Of Wimbledon As Kate And William Watch
July 2, 2014
But she grimaced at the mention of “death threats,” saying quietly that there have “been some tough times.”Can ‘the Traitor’ Jesse Benton Unite the GOP?
March 28, 2014
He grimaced as he looked at water bubbling up from below the ground in the center of the street.Hurricane Sandy Brings Havoc to Alphabet City
October 30, 2012
At the Iowa State Fair, Obama grimaced at funnel cakes and soft drinks the size of the Grand Canyon.Stop Indulging, America
October 24, 2009
She groaned, grimaced, and grabbed her left thigh, which had been wrapped, rewrapped, and re-re-wrapped in an Ace bandage.A Victory for Georgia Mojo
September 3, 2009
Historical Examples of grimaced
She courtesied to Philip, grimaced at Pete, and disappeared.The Manxman
Ramsey grimaced and hit Garr Symm in the belly as hard as he could.Equation of Doom
He hated me—and it was easy to believe this, though he neither glared nor grimaced.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
She grimaced a little, looking up at me with a mocking laugh.Wintry Peacock
D. H. Lawrence
A company that gestured, grimaced with the charm of lustful marionettes.Erik Dorn
- 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.