blench

verb (1)
\ ˈblench How to pronounce blench (audio) \
blenched; blenching; blenches

Definition of blench

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to draw back or turn aside from lack of courage : flinch

blench

verb (2)
blenched; blenching; blenches

Definition of blench (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb (1)

recoil, shrink, flinch, wince, blench, quail mean to draw back in fear or distaste. recoil implies a start or movement away through shock, fear, or disgust. recoiled at the suggestion of stealing shrink suggests an instinctive recoil through sensitiveness, scrupulousness, or cowardice. shrank from the unpleasant truth flinch implies a failure to endure pain or face something dangerous or frightening with resolution. faced her accusers without flinching wince suggests a slight involuntary physical reaction (such as a start or recoiling). winced in pain blench implies fainthearted flinching. stood their ground without blenching quail suggests shrinking and cowering in fear. quailed before the apparition

Examples of blench in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Voters bored by the whole subject may blench at the prospect. The Economist, "Did Vote Leave cheat to win the Brexit referendum?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blench

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blench

Verb (1)

Middle English, to deceive, blench, from Old English blencan to deceive; akin to Old Norse blekkja to impose on

Verb (2)

alteration of blanch

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“Blench.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blenching. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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