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Grimace definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A distortion of the countenance, from habit, affectation or insolence.
2. An air of affection.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a contorted facial expression; "she made a grimace at the prospect" [syn: grimace, face] v
1: contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state; "He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do" [syn: grimace, make a face, pull a face]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, alteration of grimache, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English gr?ma mask Date: 1651 a facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain grimace intransitive verb grimacer noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a distortion of the face made in disgust etc. or to amuse. --v.intr. make a grimace. Derivatives: grimacer n. Etymology: F f. Sp. grimazo f. grima fright

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Grimace Gri*mace" (gr[i^]*m[=a]s"), n. [F., prob. of Teutonic origin; cf. AS. gr[imac]ma mask, specter, Icel. gr[imac]ma mask, hood, perh. akin to E. grin.] A distortion of the countenance, whether habitual, from affectation, or momentary aad occasional, to express some feeling, as contempt, disapprobation, complacency, etc.; a smirk; a made-up face. [1913 Webster] Moving his face into such a hideous grimace, that every feature of it appeared under a different distortion. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Note: ``Half the French words used affectedly by Melantha in Dryden's ``Marriage a-la-Mode,'' as innovations in our language, are now in common use: chagrin, double-entendre, ['e]claircissement, embarras, ['e]quivoque, foible, grimace, na["i]vete, ridicule. All these words, which she learns by heart to use occasionally, are now in common use.'' --I. Disraeli. [1913 Webster]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Grimace Gri*mace", v. i. To make grimaces; to distort one's face; to make faces. --H. Martineau.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(grimaces, grimacing, grimaced) If you grimace, you twist your face in an ugly way because you are annoyed, disgusted, or in pain. (WRITTEN) She started to sit up, grimaced, and sank back weakly against the pillow... She grimaced at Cerezzi, then turned to Brenda. VERB: V, V at n Grimace is also a noun. He took another drink of his coffee. 'Awful,' he said with a grimace. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Distortion of countenance, wry face, contemptuous face. 2. Smirk, affected face, affected contortion of countenance.

Moby Thesaurus

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