(intransitive, now rare) To retreat before an opponent. [from 14th c.]
Other Word Forms of Recoil
Origin of Recoil
Middle English recoilen from Old French reculer re- re- cul buttocks (from Latin cūlus (s)keu- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French reculer.
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