To wince is to make a grimace or twist your face, often involuntary done in anticipation of pain.
An example of wince is the face you make just before you get a shot by the doctor.
to shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, embarrassment, alarm, etc.
Origin of winceMiddle English wynsen ; from Anglo-French variant, variety of Old French guenchir ; from Frankish an unverified form wenkjan, akin to Old High German wankon, to totter, turn: for Indo-European base see winch
the act or an instance of wincing
a roller used between dyeing vats to facilitate the transfer of pieces of cloth
Origin of wincevariant, variety of winch
intransitive verbwinced, winc·ing, winc·es
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
Origin of winceMiddle English wincen, to kick, from Old North French *wencier, variant of Old French guencir, of Germanic origin.