Synonyms and Antonyms of quail

  1. 1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust <we quailed when the waiter unexpectedly presented us with a hindquarter of frog's legs> Synonyms blench, cringe, flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch, winceRelated Words blanch, pale, whiten; quake, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble; crouch; jerk, start, twitch; recede, retire, retreat, withdraw; falter, hesitate, reel, waverNear Antonyms advance, approach, near; beard, challenge, confront, defy, face

  2. 2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission <brave resisters who did not quail before the tyrant's iron hand> Synonyms cringe, grovel, cowerRelated Words flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch; blanch, blench, whiten; fawn, kowtow, toady

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to decrease in size, extent, or degree

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