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
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.
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