Main definitions of wince in English

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wince1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Give a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of or in anticipation of pain or distress.

    ‘he winced at the disgust in her voice’
    • ‘She winced in pain as he kicked her again, this time harder, and then again even harder.’
    • ‘As soon as his left shoulder blade touched the door, he winced in pain.’
    • ‘She turned to look at him, and he winced to see a slight glistening in her green eyes.’
    • ‘I now wince with pain if I have to use another atlas; browsing this one is bliss.’
    • ‘He glanced sideways at Niall and Luke, and winced to see them writhing in pain from the fumes.’
    • ‘Flora winced in pain as she watched blood trickle down from the wound.’
    • ‘She tried to stand, but she winced in pain and clutched her side before slumping back onto the chair.’
    • ‘She winced in pain from the stitches in her shoulder when she reached down to the floor.’
    • ‘Emily said and did nothing but wince slightly in pain.’
    • ‘He then answers his own question with a vicious sideways slash that drops the bloody-nosed gumshoe to the ground while the entire audience winces in sympathetic pain.’
    • ‘Dr. Kline noticed the anxious girl wince in sudden pain and immediately stepped closer to Leanne.’
    • ‘Mike was now copying our dad's voice, which made me wince with emotional pain.’
    • ‘He twitched his head, and winced as a pain shot along the left side of his face.’
    • ‘She winced, but refused to let them see her pain so she bit her lip and held her chin high.’
    • ‘I winced in pain, so distracted by his intensity that I was deaf to the clunking of boots on the concrete floor.’
    • ‘I fell backward onto the bed and winced as the pain shot up my torso from my injured leg.’
    • ‘Seria dropped to all fours and winced as pain cut through her palms like a sharp knife.’
    • ‘I winced, half in pain, half because I knew what was coming and half because of all the chewing gum stuck to me.’
    • ‘He blinked at her quizzically a few times, and then looked back at his wound, and winced in pain.’
    • ‘He lightly touched the burn along his ribcage and winced, drawing a sharp intake of breath.’
    grimace, pull a face
    flinch, blench, start, draw back, shrink away, recoil, cringe, squirm
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noun

  • [in singular] A slight grimace or shrinking movement caused by pain or distress.

    • ‘He clapped Trey on the shoulder; Trey gave only the slightest of winces.’
    • ‘There was a brief moment where he could not hide his wince, his small grimace of pain.’
    • ‘His brows drew together in a wince of sympathetic pain.’
    • ‘At the touch of his hand, there was a slight wince of pain.’
    • ‘Brad laughed a bit, his laughter ending in a slight wince as the pain flared up again.’
    grimace
    flinch, start
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense kick restlessly from pain or impatience): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French guenchir turn aside.

Pronunciation:

wince

/wins/

Main definitions of wince in English

: wince1wince2

wince2

noun

British
  • A roller for moving textile fabric through a dyeing vat.

    • ‘Sometimes the ebullition is kept up for a quarter of an hour; the pieces all the while being turned over a wince, from one side of the copper vessel to the other.’
    • ‘The Hengst was fitted on one side with a wooden winch, the ‘wince’, and could be fastened to the side of the vat or copper by means of a rod into which it was driven.’

Origin

Late 17th century (in the sense winch): variant of winch.

Pronunciation:

wince

/wins/