\ ˈwin(t)s How to pronounce wince (audio) \
winced; wincing

Definition of wince

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from wince

wince noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wince

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 wince in a Sentence

winced at the movie's graphic depiction of combat injuries
Recent Examples on the Web The most creative children fill their water tanks with ice, ensuring that the victims wince when they’re hit. The Conversation, oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2022 But others wince, because no matter how sophisticated the storytelling or agreeable the politics, an icky aftertaste remains. Maurice Chammah, Longreads, 18 Mar. 2022 And while some may wince at the thought of more oil development, the focus here should be on the evolution of utility-scale solar and long-term energy storage — both of which are critical to hitting net-zero goals. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Its messages are as mixed as Aunt Frida’s eggnog, which the adults wince while drinking before talking nonsense. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Companies may wince at the thought, but upping workforce salaries may turn out to be not just necessary but also a smart long-term strategy, perhaps even an opportunity. Rob Walker, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 When Binger showed the jury a close-up photo of Grosskreutz’s bicep largely obliterated after he was shot, several jurors appeared to wince and turn away. Stacy St. Clair,, 15 Nov. 2021 The founders of the Miss Volleyball award at the Free Press might wince a little after hearing Birmingham Marian senior Ava Brizard once she was announced Monday morning as the 2021 winner. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2021 Younger viewers who end up watching the TV special may wince at bits about women who ramble without taking a breath and overpack for weekend vacations. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wince

circa 1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Wince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈwins How to pronounce wince (audio) \
winced; wincing

Kids Definition of wince

: to draw back (as from pain)

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