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grimace

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noun gri·mace \ ˈgri-məs , gri-ˈmās \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of grimace

:a facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain
  • a grimace of hate and rage

grimacer

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Origin and Etymology of grimace

French, from Middle French, alteration of grimache, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English grīma mask

grimace Synonyms

Synonyms
face, frown, lower (also lour), moue, mouth, mow, mug, pout, scowl, snoot
Related Words
flinch, squinch, wince; growl, snarl; rictus, simper, smirk; scoff, sneer; glare, glower, look, stare
Near Antonyms
grin, laugh, smile

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grimace

verb

Definition of grimace

grimaced; grimacing
intransitive verb
:to distort one's face in an expression usually of pain, disgust, or disapproval
  • Grimacing slightly, he runs his finger over the back of his heel, where a deep … fissure has opened inside a callus.
  • —Chris Ballard
  • My father shifted his weight and grimaced. The sheet slid off his injured leg, the calf swollen, purple as a plum …
  • —Bernard Cooper

First Known Use of grimace

1762

grimace Synonyms

Synonyms
mug, mouth
Related Words
pout; contort, deform, twist, warp; frown, glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl; gape, gaze, ogle, stare; growl, snarl, sneer; simper, smirk
Near Antonyms
beam, grin, smile

GRIMACE Defined for Kids

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grimace

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noun gri·mace \ ˈgri-məs , gri-ˈmās \

Definition of grimace for Students

:a twisting of the face (as in disgust or pain)

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grimace

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Definition of grimace for Students

grimaced; grimacing
:to twist the face
  • He grimaced in pain.


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