Definition of pinched in English:



  • 1Tense and pale from cold, worry, or hunger.

    ‘her pinched, sallow face’
    • ‘I crouched down over Holly, and drew back the curtain of golden hair to reveal a white, pinched face.’
    • ‘There were bags under her eyes, and her face was pale and pinched looking.’
    • ‘She looked to the side, and two faces hovered over her, both pinched and worried.’
    • ‘Standing and gathering her cloak tightly around her shoulders she turned away from Madam Corbeau's pinched expression and down the lane.’
    • ‘The vendor was a young woman with a pinched face.’
    • ‘Danovin strode in with a pinched expression, and sighed as he leaned against the door, shooting into a sharp and speedy litany that made Visbec chuckle.’
    • ‘The queen was a thin woman, with pointy elbows, a pinched face, and wispy white hair on which the crown marking her rank sat.’
    • ‘In the dim light of the tent his bony features reflected Leah's sallow grimace, Ksandra's pinched cheeks.’
    • ‘The six cameras dotted around the court picked up her pinched and weary face as the Lord Advocate began questioning her.’
    • ‘On the tube between High Street Kensington and Earl's Court in the hottest part of this afternoon, there was a woman with a pinched face and knuckles wrapped whitely around a small backpack.’
    • ‘Randomly, one or the other gets a pinched expression.’
    • ‘She wore purple contacts and had thin eyebrows to go along with her pinched cheeks and small chin.’
    • ‘Augusta is a tall, thin girl with a pinched face with an unpleasant expression.’
    • ‘Nathan was tall, with a pale, pinched face, and David was shorter and almost stocky, with a tan and brownish hair.’
    • ‘Her usually rosy cheeks were now pinched and deathly pale.’
    • ‘He was thin and gaunt, with an odious pinched white face and fierce big black bushy eyebrows.’
    • ‘The children looked pinched and hollow-eyed for want of food.’
    • ‘Prosser appears the stereotypical Welshman - pinched face, thin-rimmed spectacles and no sign of extravagance.’
    • ‘Recognition played across his pinched face.’
    • ‘She makes you feel as if you are witnessing the reactions to a disturbing scene, because anxiety is what you read in the whites of eyes, pinched cheeks, stringy hair.’
    strained, stressed, fraught, tense, taut, tired, worn, drained, sapped
    wan, peaky, pale, pallid, pasty, pasty-faced, colourless, anaemic, washed out, ashen, ashen-faced, grey, blanched
    thin, drawn, haggard, gaunt, wizened, cadaverous, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed, emaciated
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  • 2Suffering from financial hardship.

    • ‘Its atmosphere is nonetheless bleak, evoking cold gray skies and a pinched existence in a slum area of town, with the ever-present fear of discrimination.’