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grimace

[grim-uh s, gri-meys] /ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs/
noun
1.
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
verb (used without object), grimaced, grimacing.
2.
to make grimaces.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous
Related forms
grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
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Examples for grimace
  • When you burn your finger, the grimace on your face sends a universal message.
  • If you take a close look you will still be able to see the grimace in their faces.
  • When we smile, frown or grimace, thousands of tiny facial muscles are at work.
  • There certainly was somewhat of disdain and mockery in that captivating grimace.
  • Now grimace at the thought of all the embarrassing times you had to ask guests to add their coats to a big pile heaped on the bed.
  • The man's pants are rolled to the knees; his expression is part grimace, part grin.
  • Just try not to show that awful, begrudging grimace while you're doing it.
  • He himself accepts this nonsense with a grimace and a shrug.
  • After rising, she grimaced and rubbed her left wrist.
  • The megawatt smile often was replaced by a half-pout, half-grimace of dismay.
British Dictionary definitions for grimace

grimace

/ɡrɪˈmeɪs/
noun
1.
an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
verb
2.
(intransitive) to contort the face
Derived Forms
grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim
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Word Origin and History for grimace
grimace
1651, from Fr. grimace, from M.Fr. grimache, from O.Fr. grimuche, possibly from Frank. (cf. O.S. grima), from same P.Gmc. root as grim, + pejorative suffix -azo (from L. -aceus).
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