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

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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 shooting, with Mr. Oswald’s pained grimace and Detective Leavelle’s stricken glower, was chillingly captured by Robert H. Jackson of The Dallas Times Herald in an iconic photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. New York Times, "James R. Leavelle, Detective at Lee Harvey Oswald’s Side, Dies at 99," 29 Aug. 2019 After dropping to his back on the court to celebrate the end of the 4-hour, 50-minute epic, Nadal rose and stood with his index fingers pointed upward and his face fixed in a grimace. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Everything on course for a Rams-Chargers Super Bowl (too soon?)," 9 Sep. 2019 The shooting, with Oswald’s pained grimace and Mr. Leavelle’s stricken glower, was chillingly captured by Robert H. Jackson of The Dallas Times Herald in an iconic photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. Ralph Blumenthal, BostonGlobe.com, "James R. Leavelle, detective at Lee Harvey Oswald’s side, dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 The young man looks scared as the officers, who resemble Beavis and Butt-head, bare their yellowed teeth in savage grimaces. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "Black man, white police and the sly tricks of the eye in Brandon Landers’ painting," 8 Aug. 2019 That announcement drew a noticeable grimace considering Johnson, older brother of senior wideout Collin, has had his collegiate career derailed by injury after injury. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas notebook: With pads on, Longhorns eager to get physical," 7 Aug. 2019 The people in the courtroom grimace; Celeste wins full custody. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Disappointing, Emmy-Baiting Finale of “Big Little Lies” Season 2," 22 July 2019 Dietrich fell to the ground with a grimace on his face. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Derek Dietrich exits Cincinnati Reds game after he was hit by a pitch on his right knee," 17 July 2019 Films of people riding roller coasters often show not delighted smiles but terrified grimaces. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The drawing depicted a story of unease, especially by the way some of the profiles grimaced and furrowed their brows. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s street protests have inspired another revolution—in art," 12 July 2019 Leavelle appears shocked as Oswald grimaces in pain. David Warren, The Denver Post, "Jim Leavelle, lawman at Lee Harvey Oswald’s side, dies at 99 while visiting daughter in Colorado," 30 Aug. 2019 In a moment captured by Dallas Times Herald photographer Robert Jackson, Ruby's hand is extended, still holding the gun, as Oswald grimaces in pain. al, "Detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 Leavelle’s body stiffens as Oswald grimaces in pain. Los Angeles Times, "Jim Leavelle, Texas lawman at Lee Harvey Oswald’s side when he was shot, dead at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 Nelson Cruz swung through a pitch during an at-bat Thursday night and grimaced immediately. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins DH Nelson Cruz lands on Injured List with strained wrist," 9 Aug. 2019 Anderson immediately grimaced in pain and was quickly examined by medical personnel. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins HR leader Brian Anderson likely done for season after fracturing left hand," 24 Aug. 2019 The exhausted Russian, grimacing in pain, stumbled momentarily, struggling to regain his footing, and churned mechanically forward on hopeless legs of iron as the American shot ahead. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Horace Ashenfelter, Olympic Victor of a Cold War Showdown, Dies at 94," 7 Jan. 2018 Pinot was second, more than a minute faster than Alaphilippe, who ground on grimacing to place 11th at the top, still in yellow but with a smaller cushion over his rivals for the race lead. Washington Post, "Taste of the Tour: A signature dessert in Kirk Douglas’ wake," 21 July 2019

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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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3 Oct 2019

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The first known use of grimace was in 1651

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grimace

noun
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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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