\ ˈwin(t)s How to pronounce wince (audio) \
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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Dramatic footage from the episode showed Maduro and those around him wincing as explosions sounded, sending soldiers nearby scattering. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Bolton: 'No US government involvement' in attempted drone assassination of Venezuelan president Maduro," 5 Aug. 2018 Murphy winced while being evaluated but stayed in the game. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Blackmon has 3 hits, Rockies 2-hit Marlins 6-1," 29 Mar. 2019 There’s Jane Fonda on the red carpet looking smoking in Valentino, and Céline Dion showing off her mile-long legs in Alexandre Vauthier, and Baddiewinkle on Instagram wearing unitards so violently rainbow-colored, Miley Cyrus might wince. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In the Year of the Runway Zaddy, Where Are the MILFs?," 4 Feb. 2019 The new Bengals won’t wince in the spotlight, lose their composure, lose to Pittsburgh as often and win multiple playoff games. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: Your move, Cincinnati Bengals fan," 3 Jan. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce wince (audio) \
winced; wincing

Kids Definition of wince

: to draw back (as from pain)

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