Flinch is defined as to make a quick motion of the body moving away out of surprise or fear.verb
- When you fear a ball flying past your head and coming at you and you duck back a bit out of fear, this is an example of a time when you flinch.
- When you shy away from participating in an activity because you are nervous, this is an example of a time when you flinch.
- to draw back, as from a blow, difficulty, etc.
- to wince, as from pain
Origin: earlier also flench < OFr flenchir, to bend aside < Frank *hlankjan, akin to Ger lenken, OE hlencan, to twist, bend: see lank
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intransitive verb flinched, flinch·ing, flinch·es
- To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
- To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
Origin: Obsolete French flenchir, of Germanic origin.
- flinchˈer noun
- flinchˈing·ly adverb