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grimace

[ grim-uh s, 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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RELATED WORDS

sneer, smirk, frown, contort, scowl, mug, mouth, deform, distort, misshape

Nearby words

grillé, grilse, grim, grim dig, grim reaper, grimace, grimaldi, grimaldi man, grimaldi, joseph, grimaldian, 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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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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