- One that pinches.
- Variant of pincer.
Variant of pinch
- to squeeze between a finger and the thumb or between two surfaces, edges, etc.
- to nip off the end of (a plant shoot), as for controlling bud development
- to press painfully upon (some part of the body)
- to cause distress or discomfort to
- to cause to become thin, cramped, etc., as by hunger, pain, cold, etc.
- to restrict closely; straiten; stint: usually in the passive voice
- to steal
- to arrest
- Naut. to sail (a vessel) too close to the wind when closehauled
Origin of pinchMiddle English pinchen ; from Norman French an unverified form pincher ; from Old French pincier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pinctiare ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps punctiare, to prick (see puncheon), influenced, influence by an unverified form piccare: see picador
- to squeeze painfully
- to be stingy or niggardly
- to be frugal with expenses; economize
- ☆ Mining to become narrower; hence, to give (out): said of a vein of ore
- a pinching; squeeze or nip
- the quantity that may be grasped between the finger and thumb
- a small amount
- distress; hardship; difficulty
- an emergency; urgent situation or time: now usually in the phrase
- a theft
- an arrest or police raid
Baseball of or having to do with a substitute hitter or runner
Origin of pinch< pinch
to be very frugal or economical