blench

1
[ blench ]
/ blɛntʃ /

verb (used without object)

to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.

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Origin of blench

1
before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken

OTHER WORDS FROM blench

blench·er, nounblench·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for blench (2 of 2)

blench2
[ blench ]
/ blɛntʃ /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become pale or white; blanch.

Origin of blench

2
First recorded in 1805–15; variant of blanch1
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British Dictionary definitions for blench (1 of 2)

blench1
/ (blɛntʃ) /

verb

(intr) to shy away, as in fear; quail

Word Origin for blench

Old English blencan to deceive

British Dictionary definitions for blench (2 of 2)

blench2
/ (blɛntʃ) /

verb

to make or become pale or white

Word Origin for blench

C19: variant of blanch
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