grimace

[grim-uhs, gri-meys]
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:
1645–55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous

grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
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grimace (ɡrɪˈmeɪs)
 
n
1.  an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
 
vb
2.  (intr) to contort the face
 
[C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim]
 
gri'macer
 
n
 
gri'macingly
 
adv

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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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Example sentences
Unusual grimaces are normally the first sign that something is wrong.
Only in times of stress, do some of the tics return, particularly the facial
  grimaces.
And his stage routine is so dependent on grimaces and gestures that his concert
  albums don't capture its full vitality.
He resigns himself to illogic with some drolly twisted grimaces and words.
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