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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

OTHER WORDS FROM grimace

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

Derived forms of grimace

grimacer, noungrimacingly, adverb

Word Origin for grimace

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