Definition of flinch in English:

flinch

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪn(t)ʃ
 
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verb

[no object]

noun

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  • An act of flinching: ‘Don’t call me that,’ he said with a flinch
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    • Even an alarm clock buzzing right beside her head or a horn blowing near her ear wouldn't make her twitch or cause even the slightest flinch.
    • He felt her hand clasp on top of his, but he didn't move his, not even a flinch as she touched.
    • She painlessly moves back and forth from fiddle to guitar, singing to whistling, without so much as a flinch.

Derivatives

flincher

noun
More example sentences
  • The flincher is the loser (This is why Jerrie needs to practice more. She’s a flincher).
  • Luckily for me, I'm not a flincher when it comes to needles.

flinching

adjective
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  • Remember Channel 4's fly-on-the-wall documentary, which showed him in full flight, hurling profanities at his flinching flunkies?
  • At 19, I suffered a kind of flinching, excruciating mortification.
  • However, the two most commonly employed measures have been the loss of righting reflex in animals and loss of flinching response to surgical incision in people.

flinchingly

adverb
More example sentences
  • For any of you who have sat university finals, or academic finals at any level, I am sure the scene is flinchingly familiar. ‘Tis the season, however, and next month a lot of lives, careers and hopes will take a turn for the better or the worse.
  • She walks to me, slowly, flinchingly, and let's me engulf her in a hug.
  • He had said it sort of flinchingly, knowing I was a Mormon.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'slink or sneak off'): from Old French flenchir 'turn aside', of West Germanic origin and related to German lenken 'to guide, steer'.

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