Definition of grimace in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡriməs/ /ˈɡrɪməs/ /ɡrəˈmās/ /ɡrəˈmeɪs/

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  • An ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement.

    ‘she gave a grimace of pain’
    • ‘Adam's mouth was twisted into something between a smile and a grimace of pain.’
    • ‘Stoic and economical in his movements, expressing emotional pain through tight-lipped grimaces and squinty eyes, Mortenson is the perfect cowboy hero.’
    • ‘There was a brief moment where he could not hide his wince, his small grimace of pain.’
    • ‘Ty had already grunted and sunk down, clutching at the arrow in her shoulder with a grimace of pain.’
    • ‘The black-haired one scowls, pulling her face into an ugly grimace.’
    • ‘Her father's thin lips twisted into a grimace of such severity that they all but vanished from existence.’
    • ‘His face twisting into a grimace, he managed to bring his legs onto the bed and Francesca covered him with the blankets.’
    • ‘There was a slight grimace upon his face but the grimace wasn't that of physical pain.’
    • ‘There was some mild pain but, other than a few grimaces which her audience didn't see because she was in constant action and far enough away, she managed to stifle most of it.’
    • ‘A sharp pain scored the back of his throat, and he swallowed with a small grimace.’
    • ‘Regan attempted a smirk, but had to settle for a grimace when the effort made his face flare in pain again.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I've had patients hobble in with a grimace and tell me their pain level is a two.’
    • ‘Lisa tried to smile at his worried expression, but it came out as a grimace.’
    • ‘Her stiff expression broke into a smile that seemed more like a grimace to Shamus.’
    • ‘Ian listened for a few seconds, his bland smile twisting slowly into an exaggerated grimace.’
    • ‘He met my gaze, and his lips curled back in a grimace more sneer than snarl.’
    • ‘Number one rule; never smile at your opponent (s); scowls and grimaces are the order of the day.’
    • ‘He quickly wiped his finger onto his black apron with a grimace and leaned on the counter, smiling sweetly to her.’
    • ‘I felt my lips tighten in a rictus that was closer to a grimace than a smile.’
    • ‘It is January in the Middle West and people are sliding across the iced campus walkways, their faces freezing into grimaces whenever a stiff wind gusts off the river.’
    scowl, frown, sneer, pout, moue, wince, distorted expression
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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Make a grimace.

    ‘I sipped the coffee and grimaced’
    • ‘Morgan beamed and reached for his coffee, grimacing as he took a small sip.’
    • ‘She sipped her coffee, grimacing at the taste.’
    • ‘After a moment, she pulled her mouth away from his, grimacing and protesting.’
    • ‘Both athletes ground to a halt, clutching their thighs and grimacing before they were even two-thirds of the way down the track.’
    • ‘She stopped by for a bit and during her discussion with Suzie, she grimaced and grabbed her forehead.’
    • ‘He struck it well, but grimaced as he watched it drift outside the near post.’
    • ‘As she grimaced and grunted her way through to her third Wimbledon title, she got a little lucky.’
    • ‘Then he caught a look at himself in the mirror, with the angry scowl on his face, and grimaced.’
    • ‘Make a conscious effort to relax your face when you find yourself drawing your brows together or grimacing.’
    • ‘Piper splashed her face with water, grimacing at the picture in the mirror.’
    • ‘Magnus pushed himself to his feet, grimacing as he put a hand to his head.’
    • ‘She took a sip of the brownish liquid in her can, grimacing slightly.’
    • ‘She watched, hand poised at his back, as Emery grimaced and tried to sit up.’
    • ‘One day, we were all at some bar, having rounds of drinks, when I mentioned crawfish again, and Hiroki grimaced and made retching noises.’
    • ‘I grimaced and suppressed an urge to wring my hands.’
    • ‘The coach grimaces when he reflects upon the current challenges that face his squad, given the ‘five to six weeks’ he was left with to assemble an entirely new roster from scratch.’
    • ‘Kris smiles then grimaces at the pain once again.’
    • ‘The poor man grimaces in pain and falls to one knee.’
    • ‘An icy blast of wind from the Arctic swirled down the hillside and froze the skin on his face. He grimaced, hunched his shoulders, and trudged on.’
    • ‘I grimaced at the pain in my side and forced myself to speed up.’
    scowl, frown, sneer, pout, wince, glower, lour
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Mid 17th century from French, from Spanish grimazo ‘caricature’, from grima ‘fright’.