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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.
Origin of grimace
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 grimacing
  • Make harshly lit photos of the family grimacing into the sun a thing of the past.
  • He ducked his head and avoided the eye of the grimacing bowler.
  • She allowed the butterfly to walk on her face, and she was grimacing with each butterfly coarse leg walking on her face.
  • Face screwed up in grim determination, shaking his shoulders left and right, grimacing when he gets shot.
  • Rock stars often prove their sincerity by growing loud, screaming and moaning and grimacing to show that their songs are for real.
  • grimacing in pain, he was carried offstage by dancers who clustered around him.
  • It's unlikely anyone watching forgot about it or his grimacing.
  • The shapely red-head would do well, though, to tone down her cutie-pie grimacing.
  • Sato said, grimacing as she tugged the fabric tighter around the kimono-clad mannequin.
  • There, a character is strapped into a noose, grimacing at the killer who has led him to his chamber of horrors.
British Dictionary definitions for grimacing


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 grimacing



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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