WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
wince1 /wɪns/USA pronunciation v., winced, winc•ing,n. 

v. [no object]
  • to draw back or move away, as from a blow;
    flinch:I winced as the nurse injected the serum in my arm.

  • n. [countable]
  • a wincing movement.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wince /wɪns/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
    n
    1. the act of wincing
    Etymology: 18th Century (earlier (C13) meaning: to kick): via Old French wencier, guenchir to avoid, from Germanic; compare Old Saxon wenkian, Old High German wenken

    ˈwincer n
    wince /wɪns/ n
    1. a roller for transferring pieces of cloth between dyeing vats
    Etymology: 17th Century: variant of winch



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