Wince - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɪns|  American pronunciation of the word wince
Brit.  |wɪns|  British pronunciation of the word wince


- the facial expression of sudden pain
- a reflex response to sudden pain (syn: flinch)


- draw back, as with fear or pain (syn: cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch)
- make a face indicating disgust or dislike


...winced at the movie's graphic depiction of combat injuries...

Sandra winced as the dentist started to drill.

I still wince at the thought of that terrible evening.

She winced when she heard his pompous speech

I wince, feigning interest in a TV Guide and mumbling a hello.

...the indelicacy of their dinner conversation made the other guests wince in embarrassment...

took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince

uncouthly, he told stories that made everybody at the table wince

Word forms

I/you/we/they: wince
he/she/it: winces
present participle: wincing
past tense: winced
past participle: winced
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