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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 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

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 grimaced
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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