- The definition of a grimace is a face indicating displeasure, usually made by twisting up your facial features into an unpleasant expression.
An example of a grimace is the way your face looks right after you bite into a lemon.
- To grimace is defined as to make an unpleasant fact or twist up your facial features, often to indicate displeasure.
An example of grimace is when you make a face upon biting into a sour lemon.
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Origin: Fr, altered (with pejorative suffix) from Old French grimuche, probably from Frankish an unverified form grima, a mask, akin to Old English grima: see grime
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Origin: French, from Old French grimache, alteration of grimuche, probably from Frankish *grīma, mask.
- grimˈac·er noun