An example of a grimace is the way your face looks right after you bite into a lemon.
An example of grimace is when you make a face upon biting into a sour lemon.
Other Word Forms
Origin of grimace
- French from Old French grimache alteration of grimuche probably from Frankish grīma mask
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.