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I. \ˈwin(t)s\ intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English wenchen, winchen, winsen, from (assumed) Old North French wencier, wenchier, of Germanic origin like Old French guenchier to turn aside, swerve; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter, waver, Old Norse vakka to stray, wander about, Old English wancol unsteady, wincian to blink, close one's eyes — more at wink
1. archaic : to kick restively from pain or impatience
< a fly … may sting a stately horse and make him wince — Samuel Johnson >
2. : to shrink back involuntarily (as from pain) : draw back or contract in an attempt to avoid pain : flinch
< sharp stinging flurries of snow that made you wince and gasp — John Connell >
< her eyes winced with the glare of the sun — Waldo Frank >
< took a pleasure in saying things that made his wife wince — Rudyard Kipling >
Synonyms: see recoil
1. archaic : kick
2. : an act or instance of involuntarily drawing back or contracting especially in reaction to pain
< took the cruel blow without wince or cry — A. Conan Doyle >
< thought with an unpleasant wince of the money that he had already spent — Gabrielle Long >
variant of winch 1b, 3 I
wince / wɪns ; wɪns /
1. to suddenly change the expression on your face as a reaction to something painful or upsetting
»Sandra winced as the dentist started to drill.
2. to suddenly feel very uncomfortable or embarrassed because of something that happens, something you remember etc
»wince at the memory / thought / idea
»I still wince at the thought of that terrible evening.
♦wince noun [sing.]
wince / wins / verb [V]
~ (at sth) to suddenly make an expression with your face that shows that you are feeling pain or embarrassment
He winced as a sharp pain shot through his left leg.
I still wince when I think about that stupid thing I said.
• wince noun [usually sing.] :
a wince of pain
An act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion: cringe, flinch, recoil, shrink. See APPROACH, SEEK.
To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust: blench1, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, shy1, start.
a little, slightly
He winced inwardly at her harsh tone.
[搭配]VERB + WINCE
try not to
She switched on the light, wincing at the sudden brightness.
He winced in pain.