AskDefine | Define grimace

Dictionary Definition

grimace n : a contorted facial expression; "she made a grimace at the prospect" [syn: face] v : 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: make a face, pull a face]

User Contributed Dictionary




  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


a distortion of the countenance
  • Finnish: irvistys
  • French: grimace
  • German: Grimasse
  • Italian: smorfia
  • Japanese: しかめっ面
  • Norwegian: grimase
  • Spanish: mueca


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


to make grimaces
  • Finnish: irvistää
  • German: Grimassen schneiden
  • Maori: whāita
  • Norwegian: gjøre grimase, lage grimase

Extensive Definition

Grimace may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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