flinch

1
[ flinch ]
/ flɪntʃ /

verb (used without object)

to draw back or shrink, as from what is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant.
to shrink under pain; wince.
Croquet. to let the foot slip from the ball in the act of croqueting.

verb (used with object)

to draw back or withdraw from.

noun

an act of flinching.

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Origin of flinch

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First recorded in 1555–65; perhaps nasalized variant of dial. flitch to flit, shift one's position

OTHER WORDS FROM flinch

flincher, nounflinch·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for flinch (2 of 2)

flinch2
[ flinch ]
/ flɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for flinch (1 of 2)

flinch1
/ (flɪntʃ) /

verb (intr)

to draw back suddenly, as from pain, shock, etc; wincehe flinched as the cold water struck him
(often foll by from) to avoid contact (with); shy awayhe never flinched from his duty

noun

the act or an instance of drawing back
a card game in which players build sequences

Derived forms of flinch

flincher, nounflinchingly, adverb

Word Origin for flinch

C16: from Old French flenchir; related to Middle High German lenken to bend, direct

British Dictionary definitions for flinch (2 of 2)

flinch2
/ (flɪntʃ) /

verb

a variant of flense
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