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[grim-uh s, gri-meys] /ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs/
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
verb (used without object), grimaced, grimacing.
to make grimaces.
1645-55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous
Related forms
grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grimaced
  • She reeled and grimaced and swore shocking oaths under the influence of drink.
  • But as she set down the phone and squeezed her eyes shut, she grimaced slightly.
  • Bush had a point when he grimaced at the notion of triangulation.
  • They grimaced at the thought of horses being driven by whips and forced to pull heavy coaches.
  • After rising, she grimaced and rubbed her left wrist.
  • As you may recall before he entered the open airlock he grimaced, closed his eyes tightly shut and held his breath.
  • She wept, she grimaced, she could barely keep herself in check.
  • He grimaced but did not seem entirely opposed to the idea.
  • She grimaced and barely tried to conceal her disdain for such an ungainly, sprawling speech.
  • They chuckled at the laugh lines but mostly grimaced.
British Dictionary definitions for grimaced


an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
(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 grimaced



1650s, from French grimace, from Middle French grimache, from Old French grimuce "grotesque face, ugly mug," possibly from Frankish (cf. Old Saxon grima "face mask," Old English grima "mask, helmet"), from same Germanic root as grim (adj.). With pejorative suffix -azo (from Latin -aceus).


1762, from French grimacer, from grimace (see grimace (n.)). Related: Grimaced; grimacing.

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