verb (used without object), winced, winc·ing.
Origin of wince1
Definition for wince (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for wince
Memphis begins to pop up in the later chapters, and I wince at every mention because I know that is where the story will end.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year|Scott Porch|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The errant flashes of light in your brain depicting this possibility are strong enough to make you wince and want to cry.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Hey, muffins,” he calls to his children, with a “wince of mortification” at the whole scene.
There was a clicking sound as the cuffs went back on, but not tight enough to make him wince.Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Is Arraigned Just Blocks From the Twin Towers|Michael Daly|March 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Afterward, ABC News reported that Ryan appeared to “wince” as he stood behind his running mate.Is It Paul Ryan to the Rescue on the Romney Ohio Bus Tour?|David Freedlander|September 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A certain attenuated memory of the faithless Hortense made him wince even yet.The Honorable Percival|Alice Hegan Rice
Each question fell on her like the lash of a whip; but as one who has been flogged into insensibility, she did not wince.Count Hannibal|Stanley J. Weyman
It made Herman wince, even now, to see through the window that her husband patted her hand as he brought her money to be changed.Long Live the King|Mary Roberts Rinehart
It made her wince under it, but her better thoughts soon got the mastery.Dorothy Page|Eldridge B. Hatcher
"No offence meant, citizen Chauvelin," he added with an air of patronage which once more made the other wince.Lord Tony's Wife|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for wince (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wince
British Dictionary definitions for wince (2 of 2)
Word Origin for wince
Word Origin and History for wince
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.