wince


wince

intransitive verb \ˈwin(t)s\

: to have an expression on your face for a very short time which shows that you are embarrassed or in pain

wincedwinc·ing

Full Definition of WINCE

:  to shrink back involuntarily (as from pain) :  flinch
wince noun

Examples of WINCE

  1. <winced at the movie's graphic depiction of combat injuries>

Origin of WINCE

Middle English wynsen to kick out, start, from Anglo-French *wincer, *guincer to shift direction, dodge, by-form of guenchir, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wenken, wankōn to totter — more at wench
First Known Use: circa 1748

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