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
His Michael Myers-like reappearance wasn't the only reason the Reader staff winced.
The ankle sprain is a grimly common injury—the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society estimates that 25,000 people do it every day, a statistic that just caused me to audibly wince.
Fitzgerald, 6-3 and 290 pounds, too, suffered a leg injury in the first half and had to wince off the pain at both guard and tackle – not his natural position.
And even those who can still quote from old Cosby routines will be hard-pressed to do so again without wincing at thoughts of the source and this comedy legend's tragic last act.
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.
Pick-up players across the globe winced knowingly when ABC’s baseline camera caught Leonard grasping at his left ankle in clear pain.
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Origin and Etymology of wince
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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