There are 2 definitions of wince in English:

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verb

[no object]
Make a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress: he winced at the disgust in her voice
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  • 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.
Synonyms

noun

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An instance of wincing.
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  • At the touch of his hand, there was a slight wince of pain.
  • Brad laughed a bit, his laughter ending in a slight wince as the pain flared up again.
  • There was a brief moment where he could not hide his wince, his small grimace of pain.
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense 'kick restlessly from pain or impatience'): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French guenchir 'turn aside'.

Derivatives

wincer

noun
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  • 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.

wincing

adjective
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  • But, lo, Irn magnanimously welcomed him back into the fold with a wincing smile.
  • I ignored his wincing and regretful face, carrying on with my ranting.

wincingly

adverb
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  • 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.

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There are 2 definitions of wince in English:

wince2

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Pronunciation: /wɪns
 
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noun

British
A roller for moving textile fabric through a dyeing vat.
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  • 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.

Origin

late 17th century (in the sense 'winch'): variant of winch.

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