Recoil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈkɔɪl|  American pronunciation of the word recoil
Brit.  |rɪˈkɔɪl|  British pronunciation of the word recoil


- the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired (syn: kick)
- a movement back from an impact (syn: backlash, rebound, repercussion)


- draw back, as with fear or pain (syn: cringe, flinch, funk, quail, shrink, squinch, wince)
- come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect (syn: backfire, backlash)
- spring back; spring away from an impact (syn: bounce, bound, rebound, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring)
- spring back, as from a forceful thrust (syn: kick)


We recoiled in horror at the sight of his wounded arm.

He recoiled from her touch.

The rifle recoiled and bruised my shoulder.

The gun has a sharp recoil.

Most people will recoil from a poisonous snake.

I recoil from the idea of marrying him.

Revenge may recoil upon the person who takes it.

She recoiled from his touch as if she had been slapped.

He recoils from everything in life that demands hard work.

We recoil in horror from the thought of subjecting someone to extreme pain.

The recoil of the gun sent him flying backwards.

Many people recoil with horror when they see a big spider like this.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: recoil
he/she/it: recoils
present participle: recoiling
past tense: recoiled
past participle: recoiled
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