grimace

noun
gri·​mace | \ ˈgri-məs How to pronounce grimace (audio) , gri-ˈmās\

Definition of grimace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

grimace

verb
grimaced; grimacing

Definition of grimace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from grimace

Noun

grimacer noun

Synonyms for grimace

Synonyms: Noun

face, frown, lower (also lour), moue, mouth, mow, mug, pout, scowl, snoot

Synonyms: Verb

mouth, mug

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Examples of grimace in a Sentence

Noun

The patient made a painful grimace as the doctor examined his wound. he made a grimace when he tasted the medicine

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the shadows, a dragon with a polka-dot tail lashes at the rafters, while blue-faced Tibetan demons grimace, their goggle-eyes yellowed by smoke. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces, White House aides said. Josh Dawsey And Nick Miroff, chicagotribune.com, "Trump unloads on Department of Homeland Security chief over immigration," 11 May 2018 Top, Wadieh Ras grimaces in pain after getting shot by Israeli forces during a protest east of Gaza City. Hanah Salah, latimes.com, "Israel shoots to wound, not kill. That has led to a wave of amputations in Gaza," 8 June 2018 Babies are assessed under five factors: appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Google Doodle Honors Dr. Virginia Apgar, the Anesthesiologist Credited With Saving Many Newborn Babies' Lives," 7 June 2018 One of the central characters, a boss named Oh Sang-sik, was always drawn the same way: stressed out grimace and bloodshot eyes. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "South Korea’s president wants people to work less — and have more children," 28 June 2018 The dark conflicts that drive the score lived in the growls and grimaces of Ma’s cello; so did the scampering flights of macabre humor, everything tightly supported by Muti and the orchestra. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma turn up the heat in an all-Russian program," 15 June 2018 The five factors -- appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration -- have been used countless times to help determine if a baby is healthy and happy. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates 109th Birthday of Legendary Doctor Virginia Apgar," 7 June 2018 Her grin is wide but in flashes looks more like a grimace. Alice Gregory, The New Yorker, "The Fearless Cinema of Claire Denis," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company uses machine learning to parse pictures of people’s smiles, frowns and grimaces for use in different products. Benjamin Powers, WSJ, "Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines," 13 Dec. 2018 On the sideline, Vargas limped to the bench, readjusted his knee brace and grimaced. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "No Helmets, No Pads, Full-Contact Tackle Football: Meet the Men of the A7FL," 4 Apr. 2018 Attendees grimaced at their phones, checking election returns. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Michael Grimm Falls Back to Earth. In a Ballroom on Staten Island.," 27 June 2018 Maggie Reygers, 57, sat down, grimacing in pain from a work injury that had herniated five discs in her spine. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 The company strode, marched and grimaced with conviction. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Robert Dekkers’ ‘Red Shoes’ not quite the right fit at Diablo Ballet," 5 May 2018 Maggie Reygers, 57, sat down, grimacing in pain from a work injury that had herniated five discs in her spine. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 And of course there will be a scene where Will, grimacing, will pull out a piece of jagged metal that has become embedded in his flesh. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson’s charisma elevates a dumb movie," 12 July 2018 Thompson lay grimacing in pain then went to the locker room with what was called a bruised left leg that needed re-taping. Janie Mccauley, courant.com, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of grimace

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grimace

Noun

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

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The first known use of grimace was in 1651

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grimace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grimace

: a facial expression in which your mouth and face are twisted in a way that shows disgust, disapproval, or pain

grimace

noun
gri·​mace | \ ˈgri-məs How to pronounce grimace (audio) , gri-ˈmās\

Kids Definition of grimace

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

grimace

verb
grimaced; grimacing

Kids Definition of grimace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to twist the face He grimaced in pain.

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