\ ˈwin(t)s \
winced; wincing

Definition of wince

intransitive verb

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

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wince noun

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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

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In one part of the video, Gowdy can be seen wincing in pain and crying as the Taser barbs are removed from her back. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "An 11-year-old girl was suspected of shoplifting groceries. So a police officer tased her.," 6 Sep. 2018 Six of them were cystic, and felt like bruises that made me wince when my bra strap or belt line rubbed over them. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Glossier's Zit Stick Healed My Cystic Acne," 5 Sep. 2018 Caught by surprise mid-speech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced Saturday after hearing the sound of an explosion pierce the air. Scott Smith And Christine Armario, Fox News, "Venezuela's Maduro: Drone attack was attempt to kill him," 5 Aug. 2018 The question doesn't even need to be translated for Jeonghwa and LE to immediately wince in pain. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hani of K-Pop Group EXID Reveals Her Simple Routine for Getting Glass Skin," 2 July 2018 Pochettino is guaranteed to start Harry Kane as the 24-year-old looks to retain his Golden Boot, which may leave England fans wincing., "Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 12 May 2018 Then, out of nowhere, a bug appears to hit Sophie on the right side of her face, causing her to wince and grab her ear (see at :18). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Bug Attacked the Sophie of Wessex During Her Royal Ascot Carriage Ride With Meghan Markle," 20 June 2018 While economists wince and farmers brace for blowback, the crowd cheered when tariffs were mentioned on Wednesday. Time, "President Trump Promotes 'Tough' Immigration Policies at Minnesota Rally After His Turnaround on Family Separation," 20 June 2018 Steve House, the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, said he's winced at the personal tone of the attacks on a family that proudly served the country, but can see the political logic. NBC News, "A Bush is running in a Trump-love primary and the race is getting ugly," 20 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of wince

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


\ ˈwins \
winced; wincing

Kids Definition of wince

: to draw back (as from pain)

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