grimace

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noun gri·mace \ˈgri-məs, gri-ˈmās\

Definition of grimace

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

grimace

intransitive verb

grimacer

noun

Examples of grimace in a sentence

  1. The patient made a painful grimace as the doctor examined his wound.

  2. he made a grimace when he tasted the medicine

Origin and Etymology of grimace

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


First Known Use: 1651


GRIMACE Defined for English Language Learners

grimace

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noun gri·mace \ˈgri-məs, gri-ˈmās\

Definition of grimace for English Language Learners

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


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

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


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verb gri·mace

Definition of grimace for Students

grimaced

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grimacing

  1. :  to twist the face He grimaced in pain.



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