Definition of wince
: to shrink back involuntarily (as from pain) : flinch
Examples of wince in a Sentence
winced at the movie's graphic depiction of combat injuries
Recent Examples of wince from the Web
Goffin reached out with his left hand to try to brace himself against a wall but crumpled to the ground, wincing and clutching at his ankle.
Upon reaching second base after a throwing error on his bunt, Nicolino removed his left batting glove and winced in pain.
Next to her is a wincing Michel, who appears to be recoiling at the sound.
Chief Justice Rehnquist winces slightly, acknowledges the Justice.)
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Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of wince
WINCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wince for English Language Learners
: to have an expression on your face for a very short time which shows that you are embarrassed or in pain
WINCE Defined for Kids
Definition of wince for Students
: to draw back (as from pain)
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