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Meaning of FLINCH

Pronunciation:  flinch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a reflex response to sudden pain
  2. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

FLINCH is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: cringe, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince, wince
 See Also: jump, move, retract, shrink back, start, startle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flinch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flinched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Flinching}.] [Prob. fr. OE. flecchen to waver, give way, F.
    fl['e]chir, fr. L. flectere to bend; but prob. influenced by
    E. blench. Cf. {Flex}.]
    1. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain
       or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs
       of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one
       of the parties flinched from the combat.
             A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be
             accustomed to bear very rough usage without
             flinching or complaining.             --Locke.
    2. (Croquet) To let the foot slip from a ball, when
       attempting to give a tight croquet.
  2. \Flinch\, n.
    The act of flinching.
Thesaurus Terms
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