[ grim-uhs, gri-meys ]
/ ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM grimacegrim·ac·er, noungrim·ac·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use grimace in a sentence
Fields missed one play, then sandwiched a dart to the end zone between grimaces of pain.Justin Fields outduels Trevor Lawrence as Ohio State upsets Clemson in playoff semifinal|Emily Giambalvo, Kareem Copeland|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
Winston Ross on the spooky case that has authorities grimacing.Canada’s Severed-Feet Mystery|Winston Ross|September 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
His light found a squat skeleton sitting there grimacing at him.Hunters Out of Space|Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Close upon their heels press forward a chattering grimacing group from Naples.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first|Count Carlo Gozzi
Nick passed on and quickly paused again; this time, his mother discerned, before the marble image of a strange grimacing woman.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
Grimacing, he pressed the edges of the wound together and willed that the bleeding stop.The Sensitive Man|Poul William Anderson
Then, his work finished, he threw the mattock into the brush and set out again, grimacing disgustedly and scratching himself.Flight From Tomorrow|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for grimace
/ (ɡrɪˈmeɪs) /
an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
(intr) to contort the face
Derived forms of grimacegrimacer, noungrimacingly, adverb
Word Origin for grimace
C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim
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