verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mask
Synonyms for mask
Related Words for masklikeimpassive, vacant, meaningless, hollow, lifeless, immobile, dull, stupid, empty, stiff, deadpan, fruitless, inane, inexpressive, inscrutable, noncommittal, uncommunicative, vacuous, vague, masklike
Examples from the Web for masklike
Historical Examples of masklike
Praed's thin, sun-blackened countenance was immovable, masklike.
A spasm distorted the masklike features, but in a moment it was gone.Sir Mortimer
His masklike face relaxed, and he stroked his black moustaches, and took a long pull of his cigar.Hurricane Island
H. B. Marriott Watson
Gradenigo, one hand on the door, turned slowly backward a masklike face.The Island of Enchantment
Justus Miles Forman
He glanced at Monck with the words, almost as if seeking sympathy; but Monck's face was masklike in its unresponsiveness.The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
Word Origin for mask
1560s, "take part in a masquerade;" 1570s, "to disguise;" 1580s, "to wear a mask," from mask (n.). Figurative use by 1580s. Extended sense of "to disguise" is attested from 1847. Related: Masked; masking. Masking tape recorded from 1927; so called because it is used to block out certain surfaces before painting.
1530s, from Middle French masque "covering to hide or guard the face" (16c.), from Italian maschera, from Medieval Latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah "buffoon, mockery," from sakhira "be mocked, ridiculed." Or via Provençal mascarar, Catalan mascarar, Old French mascurer "to black (the face)," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English mesh (q.v.). But cf. Occitan mascara "to blacken, darken," derived from mask- "black," which is held to be from a pre-Indo-European language, and Old Occitan masco "witch," surviving in dialects; in Beziers it means "dark cloud before the rain comes." [See Walther von Wartburg, "Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch: Eine Darstellung galloromanischen sprachschatzes"]. Figurative use by 1570s.