WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
wince1 /wɪns/USA pronunciation   v.,  winced, winc•ing, n. 
v. [no object]
  1. to draw back or move away, as from a blow;
    flinch:I winced as the nurse injected the serum in my arm.

n. [countable]
  1. a wincing movement.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
wince1  (wins),USA pronunciation v.,  winced, winc•ing, n. 
  1. to draw back or tense the body, as from pain or from a blow;

  1. a wincing or shrinking movement;
    a slight start.
wincer, n. 
wincing•ly, adv. 
wincing•ness, n. 
  • Gmc. Cf. wench, winch1
  • Anglo-French *wenc(h)ier; Old French guenc(h)ier
  • Middle English winsen, variant of winchen, wenchen to kick 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged blench, quail.
      Wince, recoil, shrink, quail all mean to draw back from what is dangerous, fearsome, difficult, threatening, or unpleasant.
      Wince suggests an involuntary contraction of the facial features triggered by pain, embarrassment, or a sense of revulsion:to wince as a needle pierces the skin; to wince at coarse language.Recoil denotes a physical movement away from something disgusting or shocking or a similar psychological shutting out or avoidance:to recoil from contact with a slimy surface; to recoil at the squalor and misery of the slum.Shrink may imply a fastidious or scrupulous avoidance of the distasteful or it may suggest cowardly withdrawal from what is feared:to shrink from confessing a crime; to shrink from going into battle.Quail suggests a loss of heart or courage in the face of danger or difficulty;
      it sometimes suggests trembling or other manifestations of physical disturbance:to quail before an angry mob.

wince2  (wins),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Textileswinch1 (def. 4).

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wince /wɪns/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
  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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