- 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.
A young woman grimaces.
Origin of grimaceFrench altered (with pejorative suffix) ; from Old French grimuche, probably ; from Frankish an unverified form grima, a mask, akin to Old English grima: see grime
intransitive verbgrim·aced, grim·ac·ing, grim·ac·es
Origin of grimaceFrench, from Old French grimache, alteration of grimuche, probably from Frankish *grīma, mask.
- A distortion of the countenance, whether habitual, from affectation, or momentary and occasional, to express some feeling, as contempt, disapprobation, complacency, etc.; a smirk; a made-up face.
- "I trundle off to bed, eyes brimming, face twisted into a grateful glistening grimace, and awaken the next day wondering what all the fuss was about." — Opera News, March 2005
(third-person singular simple present grimaces, present participle grimacing, simple past and past participle grimaced)
- To make grimaces; to distort one's face; to make faces.
From French grimace, from Middle French grimace, from Old French grimace, grimuche, from grime (“mask”), from Old Frankish *grīma (“mask”), from Proto-Germanic *grīmô (“mask, helmet”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (“to stroke, rub”). Cognate with Old English grīma (“mask, visor, helmet, spectre, apparition”). More at grime.