One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress.‘he winced at the disgust in her voice’
grimace, pull a faceView synonyms
- ‘I winced in pain, so distracted by his intensity that I was deaf to the clunking of boots on the concrete floor.’
- ‘She turned to look at him, and he winced to see a slight glistening in her green eyes.’
- ‘He blinked at her quizzically a few times, and then looked back at his wound, and winced in pain.’
- ‘Seria dropped to all fours and winced as pain cut through her palms like a sharp knife.’
- ‘He twitched his head, and winced as a pain shot along the left side of his face.’
- ‘I now wince with pain if I have to use another atlas; browsing this one is bliss.’
- ‘Dr. Kline noticed the anxious girl wince in sudden pain and immediately stepped closer to Leanne.’
- ‘He glanced sideways at Niall and Luke, and winced to see them writhing in pain from the fumes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Emily said and did nothing but wince slightly in pain.’
- ‘She winced in pain from the stitches in her shoulder when she reached down to the floor.’
- ‘She tried to stand, but she winced in pain and clutched her side before slumping back onto the chair.’
- ‘He lightly touched the burn along his ribcage and winced, drawing a sharp intake of breath.’
- ‘Mike was now copying our dad's voice, which made me wince with emotional pain.’
- ‘I winced, half in pain, half because I knew what was coming and half because of all the chewing gum stuck to me.’
- ‘She winced in pain as he kicked her again, this time harder, and then again even harder.’
- ‘I fell backward onto the bed and winced as the pain shot up my torso from my injured leg.’
- ‘She winced, but refused to let them see her pain so she bit her lip and held her chin high.’
- ‘Flora winced in pain as she watched blood trickle down from the wound.’
- ‘As soon as his left shoulder blade touched the door, he winced in pain.’
An instance of wincing.
- ‘Brad laughed a bit, his laughter ending in a slight wince as the pain flared up again.’
- ‘His brows drew together in a wince of sympathetic pain.’
- ‘He clapped Trey on the shoulder; Trey gave only the slightest of winces.’
- ‘At the touch of his hand, there was a slight wince of pain.’
- ‘There was a brief moment where he could not hide his wince, his small grimace of pain.’
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘kick restlessly from pain or impatience’): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French guenchir ‘turn aside’.
A roller for moving textile fabric through a dyeing vat.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘winch’): variant of winch.
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