1 [blench]
verb (used without object)
to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.

before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken

blencher, noun
blenchingly, adverb

See wince1. Unabridged


2 [blench]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become pale or white; blanch.

1805–15; variant of blanch1 Unabridged
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blench1 (blɛntʃ)
(intr) to shy away, as in fear; quail
[Old English blencan to deceive]

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Blench will also promote breakdown of heavier notebook and copy papers.
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