ˈfās-ˌpä(l)m How to pronounce face-palm (audio)
variants or less commonly facepalm
face-palmed also facepalmed; face-palming also facepalming; face-palms also facepalms

intransitive verb

: to cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment, dismay, or exasperation
But her body language was not good from the start on Saturday. She face-palmed after missing one forehand early, then shook her head after another errant shot.Jeff Hartsell
facepalm noun
or less commonly face-palm
There's a kind of facepalm moment in the terrific pilot episode of Amazon's terrific new series Transparent when you realize that the title is a pun. Phil Maciak

Examples of face-palm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jamala, who is currently in Australia, reacted to the news by posting a picture of herself in front of the Sydney Opera House on Instagram with a face-palm emoji superimposed. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker kept his reaction simple, leaving a face-palm emoji in the comments alongside his peers. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face-palm was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Face-palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-palm. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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