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
More example sentences
- Seria dropped to all fours and winced as pain cut through her palms like a sharp knife.
- 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.
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A slight grimace or shrinking movement caused by pain or distress.
- Example sentences
- There is a sprinkling of hobblers, plenty of wincers, and almost universal hollow eyes and messed hair.
- Now I have a dream that the primary school children of today might grow up in a nation that does not know wincers and eye rollers.
- Although Maurice is mentioned prominently on a website called Speed Trap Exchange, the wincers would say that, strictly speaking, Maurice does not operate a speed trap.
- Example sentences
- A Scots comedian's wincingly accurate portrayal of life inside the corridors of power depicting a downtrodden minister and a bullying spin doctor has already received widespread acclaim.
- Mind you, I wouldn't mind not hearing some of the local ads, which can be wincingly bad.
- While wincingly memorable and undoubtedly made by an historic personage, it has no historical significance in the sense we understand.
Words that rhyme with wincechintz, convince, evince, Linz, mince, Port-au-Prince, prince, quince, rinse, since, Vince
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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