grimace Definition

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

Using grimace: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grimace" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She made a grimace of disgust when she saw the food.

  • Example

    He tried to hide his pain, but his grimace gave it away.

  • Example

    I couldn't help but grimace at his terrible joke.

  • Example

    The child's grimace turned into a smile when she saw the puppy.

grimace Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for grimace

Phrases with grimace

  • to make an unattractive facial expression in response to something unpleasant


    She pulled a grimace when she tasted the bitter medicine.

  • grin and bear it

    to endure a difficult or unpleasant situation with good humor and without complaint


    He knew the surgery would be painful, but he decided to grin and bear it.

  • to pull a facial expression that shows dislike or disapproval


    She made a face when she saw the strange food on her plate.

Origins of grimace

from French 'grimace', meaning 'a wry face'


Summary: grimace in Brief

'Grimace' [ɡrɪməs] is a noun that refers to an unattractive facial expression that can convey disgust, pain, or wry amusement. It is often used in phrases like 'pull a grimace,' which means to make an unattractive face in response to something unpleasant. Other similar idioms include 'make a face' and 'grin and bear it.'