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blench

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[ blench ]
/ blɛntʃ /
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verb (used without object)

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

RELATED WORDS

tremble, wince, quaver, shudder, recoil, shake, quail, cringe, shrink

Nearby words

bleeper, bleeping, blellum, blemish, blemished, blench, blend, blende, blended family, blended learning, blended whiskey

Origin of blench

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before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken
Related formsblench·er, nounblench·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for blench (2 of 2)

blench

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[ blench ]
/ blɛntʃ /

verb (used with or without object)

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)

blench

1
/ (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)

blench

2
/ (blɛntʃ) /

verb

to make or become pale or white

Word Origin for blench

C19: variant of blanch
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Word Origin and History for blench

blench


v.

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.

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