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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The same grimace graced the faces of Terrell Gomez, Jordan Shackel, Trey Pulliam. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "San Diego State ice cold from beyond the arc, falls to Syracuse in NCAA Tournament," 20 Mar. 2021 The pair have their own shorthand, expressed through a concerned look, grimace or grin. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "High school football player partners with sign language interpreter to excel on the gridiron," 15 Feb. 2021 And occasionally his face would distort into a crazy grimace on one side. New York Times, "Normally Sharp, He Was Chronically Confused. What Was Going On?," 12 Jan. 2021 The grimace on his face revealed that his night, and possibly his college career, had suffered a cruel ending. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Failed two-point try seals UCLA’s 48-47 double-OT loss to Stanford in season finale," 19 Dec. 2020 Normally, this deranged grin-grimace only surfaces after Kipchoge has dispatched all of his rivals and is soloing his way to glory. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Eliud Kipchoge’s Streak Comes to an End in London," 5 Oct. 2020 With a grimace, Shahnawaz hoisted a bucket atop his head. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, "As Covid-19 Closes Schools, the World’s Children Go to Work," 27 Sep. 2020 His father responded with something between a smile and a grimace. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "Donald Trump Jr. and the future of Trumpism: He upended expectations four years ago. What is he now?," 24 Aug. 2020 But the sixth-year veteran expressed his feelings with a grin, not a grimace. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Reconfigured Ravens tight-end room remains a joyous place | NOTEBOOK," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amalia’s serial killer is a deranged Touched woman named Maladie (Amy Manson), who has mysterious plans and turns up occasionally to cackle and grimace. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "The Nevers Is an Unimpressive Monument to Joss Whedon’s Obsessions," 9 Apr. 2021 Seconds later, Bourgeois peered up toward the glass dividing him from the media and other witnesses in adjoining rooms, and then appeared to grimace and furrow his eyebrow. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. executes 2nd federal inmate in two days at Indiana prison, latest in rare series of lame-duck executions," 11 Dec. 2020 The Cardinals lost 4-1 and Gibson would grimace even decades later when asked about the game. NBC News, "Bob Gibson, fierce Hall of Fame ace for Cardinals, dies at 84," 3 Oct. 2020 There were a few panhandlers, a grimacing old man curled up on a stone bench and a couple of guys who were either exhausted, high or drunk. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Empty sidewalks, eerie silence on San Antonio’s River Walk amid coronavirus outbreak," 20 Mar. 2020 Someone is knifed; somebody else films the assault with a smartphone, and shaky footage of the grimacing boy clutching his bloody ear fills the backdrop as bodies thrash below. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A Grim Take on “West Side Story”," 21 Feb. 2020 In the first shot, Teigen can be seen trying not to grimace in pain as celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Winter, a.k.a. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Says She's a 'Cool Mom' After Getting Her Family's Birthdays Tattooed on Her Arm," 4 Oct. 2019 Looney remained in the game for a while, but was grimacing on the court and eventually took to the Warriors’ bench. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Kevon Looney re-aggravates chest injury in Game 5," 10 June 2019 In addition to providing emotional support, these volunteers look for signs of discomfort, such as grimacing or labored breathing. NBC News, "Death in the age of coronavirus: A daughter fights to say goodbye to her mother," 11 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2021

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“Grimace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grimace. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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