- to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.
Origin of blench1
- to make or become pale or white; blanch.
Origin of blench2
Examples from the Web for blench
Like Hamlet with the king at the play, "If he but blench, I know my course!"Weighed and Wanting
But she did not blench in the least, though she remembered whose words he was quoting.T. Tembarom
Frances Hodgson Burnett
But though it fell, the people of the dauntless city did not blench.Vistas in Sicily
Arthur Stanley Riggs
His cheek did not blench, his lips quiver, nor his limbs tremble.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
Now it is the turn of his judges to blench, for his persecutors to tremble.The Strange Story of Rab Rby
- (intr) to shy away, as in fear; quail
- to make or become pale or white
Word Origin and History for blench
Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Related: Blenched; blenching.