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wince1

[wins] /wɪns/
verb (used without object), winced, wincing.
1.
to draw back or tense the body, as from pain or from a blow; start; flinch.
noun
2.
a wincing or shrinking movement; a slight start.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English winsen, variant of winchen, wenchen to kick < Anglo-French *wenc(h)ier; Old French guenc(h)ier < Germanic. Cf. wench, winch1
Related forms
wincer, noun
wincingly, adverb
wincingness, noun
Synonyms
1. blench, quail. Wince, recoil, shrink, quail all mean to draw back from what is dangerous, fearsome, difficult, threatening, or unpleasant. Wince suggests an involuntary contraction of the facial features triggered by pain, embarrassment, or a sense of revulsion: to wince as a needle pierces the skin; to wince at coarse language. Recoil denotes a physical movement away from something disgusting or shocking or a similar psychological shutting out or avoidance: to recoil from contact with a slimy surface; to recoil at the squalor and misery of the slum. Shrink may imply a fastidious or scrupulous avoidance of the distasteful or it may suggest cowardly withdrawal from what is feared: to shrink from confessing a crime; to shrink from going into battle. Quail suggests a loss of heart or courage in the face of danger or difficulty; it sometimes suggests trembling or other manifestations of physical disturbance: to quail before an angry mob.

wince2

[wins] /wɪns/
noun
1.
winch1 (def 4).
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Examples for wince
  • The pound's recent surge in the currency markets has made exporters wince.
  • The story is hackneyed and tiresome, bouncing from one witless and wince-inducing situation to another.
  • Upscale and uptight, they wince at his uninhibited folksiness.
  • The architects wince, knowing this option will be unacceptable to their clients.
  • Pedants will wince at some of his more egregious theoretical simplifications.
  • Touch a galled horse and he'll wince.
  • Many of us I'm sure look at some of our early work and wince.
  • The dialogue she gives her characters can be wince-inducing.
  • Every time someone says they saw my picture in the paper, I wince silently.
  • It could make you feel mad or excited or it could make you even cower and wince.
British Dictionary definitions for wince

wince1

/wɪns/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
noun
2.
the act of wincing
Derived Forms
wincer, noun
Word Origin
C18 (earlier (C13) meaning: to kick): via Old French wencier, guenchir to avoid, from Germanic; compare Old Saxon wenkian, Old High German wenken

wince2

/wɪns/
noun
1.
a roller for transferring pieces of cloth between dyeing vats
Word Origin
C17: variant of winch
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Word Origin and History for wince
wince
early 13c., winch, probably from O.N.Fr. *wenchier (in O.Fr. guenchir "to turn aside, avoid"), from Frankish *wenkjan (cf. O.H.G. wankon "to stagger, totter," O.N. vakka "to stray, hover"). Originally of horses. Modern form is attested from late 13c.
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