grimace

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) enPR: grĭm'-əs, grĭ-mās'; IPA(key): /'gɹɪm.əs/, /gɹɪ.'meɪs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Noun[edit]

grimace (plural grimaces)

  1. 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

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

grimace (third-person singular simple present grimaces, present participle grimacing, simple past and past participle grimaced)

  1. To make grimaces; to distort one's face; to make faces.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French grimace, from Old French grimace, grimuche (a contorted or wry face, grotesque countenance), from Old Frankish *grīma, *grīmo (mask), from Proto-Germanic *grīmô (mask, helmet, cover, night), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrēi- (to strip, paint, smear). Cognate with Middle Dutch grime (mask), Old Saxon grīma (mask), Old English grīma (mask), Old Norse gríma (mask, helmet, night). More at grime.

Noun[edit]

grimace f (plural grimaces)

  1. grimace

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

grimace

  1. first-person singular present indicative of grimacer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of grimacer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of grimacer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of grimacer
  5. second-person singular imperative of grimacer