Definition of grimace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡrɪˈmeɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrɪˈmeɪs//
; BrE BrE//ˈɡrɪməs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrɪməs//
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an ugly expression made by twisting your face, used to show pain, disgust, etc. or to make somebody laugh to make/give a grimace of pain ‘What's that?’ she asked with a grimace. See related entries: Facial expressions Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Spanish grimazo ‘caricature’, from grima ‘fright’.Extra examples He acknowledged his mistake with a wry grimace. His face twisted into a grimace. She made a wry grimace. a grimace of disgust/​pain ‘What’s that?’ she asked with a grimace.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grimace

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