- to draw back or tense the body, as from pain or from a blow; start; flinch.
- a wincing or shrinking movement; a slight start.
Origin of wince1
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Examples from the Web for winced
Up 6–5 in the fourth set and serving for the match, Murray paused for a moment and winced before returning a shot.Tennis Phenom Andy Murray’s Personality Problem
January 27, 2013
Malika winced at the sound of her own heels clacking on the sidewalk.When Everything Changed
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 11, 2011
And Dennis Rodman's college professor must have winced reading about Dennis' best seller.Bush Memoir Will Be a Hit
November 11, 2008
Burke winced, but he made shift to conceal his realization of the truth she had stated to him.
Dick, too, winced under the pain of this meeting with his father in a situation so sinister.
But he wrung their hands till they winced with the pain of that iron grip.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
Vernon had winced, just as Paula had winced, and at the same words.The Incomplete Amorist
I will freely own, however, that I winced a little at first reading them.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- (intr) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
- the act of wincing
- a roller for transferring pieces of cloth between dyeing vats
Word Origin and History for winced
early 13c., winch, probably from Old North French *wenchier (in Old French guenchir "to turn aside, avoid"), from Frankish *wenkjan, from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover;" see wink). Originally of horses. Modern form is attested from late 13c. Related: Winced; wincing.