[grim-uh s, gri-meys] /ˈgrɪm əs, grɪˈmeɪs/
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
verb (used without object), grimaced, grimacing.
to make grimaces.
an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
(intransitive) to contort the face
1650s, from French grimace, from Middle French grimache, from Old French grimuce “grotesque face, ugly mug,” possibly from Frankish (cf. Old Saxon grima “face mask,” Old English grima “mask, helmet”), from same Germanic root as grim (adj.). With pejorative suffix -azo (from Latin -aceus).
1762, from French grimacer, from grimace (see grimace (n.)). Related: Grimaced; grimacing.
[gris-lee] /ˈgrɪs li/ adjective, gristlier, gristliest. 1. resembling or containing ; cartilaginous.
[grist-mil] /ˈgrɪstˌmɪl/ noun 1. a for grinding grain, especially the customer’s own grain. /ˈɡrɪstˌmɪl/ noun 1. a mill, esp one equipped with large grinding stones for grinding grain n. c.1600, from grist (n.) + mill (n.).
[griz-wawld, -wuh ld] /ˈgrɪz wɔld, -wəld/ noun 1. Erwin Nathaniel, 1904–1994, U.S. lawyer and educator: dean of Harvard University Law School 1950–67. 2. a male given name.
- Griswold versus connecticut
A 1965 Supreme Court decision that overturned an old Connecticut law (1879) that made it illegal to use or disseminate information about contraception. The Court found that the law invaded the constitutional right of privacy. (See also Roe versus Wade.)