blench1

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shrink; flinch; quail:
"an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze."
Origin
before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken
Related forms
blencher, noun
blenchingly, adverb
Synonyms
See wince1 .

blench2

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become pale or white; blanch.
Origin
1805–15; variant of blanch1
Example Sentences for blench
Blench will also promote breakdown of heavier notebook and copy papers.
British Dictionary definitions for blench
blench1 (blɛntʃ)
 
vb
(intr) to shy away, as in fear; quail
 
[Old English blencan to deceive]

blench2 (blɛntʃ)
 
vb
to make or become pale or white
 
[C19: variant of blanch]

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Word Origin and History for blench
blench
O.E. blencan "deceive, cheat," from P.Gmc. *blankjanan "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300.
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