Definition of wince verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

wince

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verb
BrE BrE//wɪns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪns//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wince
BrE BrE//wɪns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪns//
 
he / she / it winces
BrE BrE//ˈwɪnsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪnsɪz//
 
past simple winced
BrE BrE//wɪnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪnst//
 
past participle winced
BrE BrE//wɪnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪnst//
 
-ing form wincing
BrE BrE//ˈwɪnsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪnsɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive] wince (at something) to suddenly make an expression with your face that shows that you are feeling pain or embarrassment He winced as a sharp pain shot through his left leg. I still wince when I think about that stupid thing I said. He winced inwardly at her harsh tone. She switched on the light, wincing at the sudden brightness. Wordfinderbeam, expression, frown, grimace, grin, leer, scowl, smirk, sneer, wince See related entries: Facial expressions Word 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’.

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