\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The second song, which was emitted in the presence of females, reached wincing levels of around 125 decibels. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Listen to the Shattering Call of the World’s Loudest Known Bird," 24 Oct. 2019 At one point Sunday, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was working his grip and wincing in pain. Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Liverpool fans would have collectively winced as a melee broke out in the box and half a dozen players in Claret shirts swarmed after the bouncing ball., "Alisson: Why Liverpool & Brazil Wall Deserves to Be the First Keeper to Win Ballon d'Or in 56 Years," 8 Sep. 2019 Mayfield, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions, was sacked five times — including three by Cameron Wake — and came up wincing on at least two of those, including the one for a safety in the end zone. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Freddie Kitchens on Baker Mayfield’s wrist, Odell Beckham Jr.’ watch, Devaroe Lawrence’s f-bomb & other presser quick hits," 9 Sep. 2019 That unexpected scene in Arthur Ashe Stadium came 48 hours after Novak Djokovic winced and retired from his fourth-round match while trailing Stan Wawrinka because of a left shoulder problem. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Still No Federer-Nadal Match for U.S. Open Fans," 4 Sep. 2019 On that play, shortstop Didi Gregorius came down on top of Canha’s left foot after making the throw, and Canha winced a bit but remained in the game. Susan Slusser,, "A’s sweep Yankees behind another terrific start by Roark," 22 Aug. 2019 Trudging from the field late one afternoon is Elijah Gould, a giant senior lineman who is noticeably wincing. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paradise High football program finds healing among the ashes of the Camp fire," 19 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the images themselves can be arresting: #birthfilm is not a hashtag to stumble on by accident, and no person in possession of a birth canal can watch a baby crown without wincing. Los Angeles Times, "One more big push, then just say cheese!: High-end photographers enter delivery rooms," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of wince was circa 1748

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19 Nov 2019

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“Wince.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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