blench

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[ blench ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.

Origin of blench

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

Other words from blench

  • blencher, noun
  • blench·ing·ly, adverb

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Other definitions for blench (2 of 2)

blench2
[ blench ]

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become pale or white; blanch.

Origin of blench

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First recorded in 1805–15; variant of blanch1

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British Dictionary definitions for blench (1 of 2)

blench1

/ (blɛntʃ) /


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

Origin of blench

1
Old English blencan to deceive

British Dictionary definitions for blench (2 of 2)

blench2

/ (blɛntʃ) /


verb
  1. to make or become pale or white

Origin of blench

2
C19: variant of blanch

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