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Definition of "wince" []

  • To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch. (verb-intransitive)
  • A shrinking or startled movement or gesture. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wince" in a sentence
  • "Try not to wince from the gooey sound effects laid on top."
  • "I wince from the pressure; she lets go of me and opens her weak arms to my dying child."
  • "It also made speakers of plain English wince, and " 30 Rock " writers cheer, by explaining " the Company plans to continue capitalizing on complementary and financially attractive inorganic growth opportunities."