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flinching

flinching is a present participle form of flinch

flinch (move)

Definition:

to draw back, as with fear or pain

Class:

motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)

Past tense:

flinched

Present participle:

flinching

3rd-person singular present:

flinches

Type of:

move

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

shrink back

Usage example:

she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

Synonyms:

cringe | funk | quail | recoil | shrink | squinch | wince

Etymology:

obsolete flecche "to bend, flinch", probably from Old French flenchir "to bend",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

flinch | flense | flench | wince [synonym, sense-specific] | flincher [noun, derived] | flenser [noun, derived] | flencher [noun, derived]

to draw back suddenly, as from pain, shock, etc; wince | [often followed by "from"] to avoid contact (with); shy away | the act or an instance of ... (26 of 561 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flinch

Merriam-Webster:

flinch | wince [synonym] | blench [synonym] | cringe [synonym] | quail [synonym] | recoil [synonym] | shrink [synonym] | squinch [synonym] | flincher [noun, related]

to withdraw or shrink from or as if from pain; "wince" ; also, to tense the muscles involuntarily in anticipation of discomfort (22 of 147 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flinch

Oxford Dictionary:

flinch | flinch from | flincher [derived] | flinching [derived] | flinchingly [derived]

make a quick, nervous movement of the face or body as an instinctive reaction to fear or pain | ("flinch from") : avoid doing or becoming involved in ... (27 of 134 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flinch

Wikipedia:

Flinch [disambiguation]

may refer to: Flinch (card game), a card game | Flinch (comics), a Vertigo Comics horror anthology | Flinch (film), a 1994 film featuring Judd Nelson and Gina Gershon | Flinch (novel), a 2001 novel by Robert Ferrigno | "Flinch" (song), a 2002 song by ... (41 of 106 words, 6 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

flinch [intransitive] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present] | flinch from doing something | not flinch

to make a sudden small movement because you are afraid, surprised, or in pain | "flinch from (doing) something": [negatives] to avoid dealing with a ... (24 of 92 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flinch

Random House Dictionary:

flinch | flense [synonym, sense-specific]

to draw back or shrink, as from what is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant. | to shrink under pain; wince. | [croquet] to let the foot slip from the ... (26 of 56 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/flinch

American Heritage Dictionary:

flinch | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present] | flincher [noun, related] | flinchingly [adverb, related]

To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain. | To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink. | An act or instance of ... (24 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flinch

New World Dictionary:

flinch

to draw back, as from a blow, difficulty, etc. | to wince, as from pain | an act of flinching (18 of 45 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flinch

Wiktionary:

flinch | flinches [plural] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle]

A reflexive jerking away. | To make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a (usually negative) stimulus. | To dodge (a question), to avoid an unpleasant task or duty (28 of 33 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flinch

Cambridge Dictionary:

flinch

to make a sudden small movement because of pain or fear (11 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flinch

Britannica Encyclopedia:

funk [music]

rhythm-driven musical genre popular in the 1970s and early 1980s that linked soul to later African-American musical styles. Like many words emanating ... (22 of 464 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/222416​/funk

Columbia Encyclopedia:

quail

common name for a variety of small game birds related to the partridge, pheasant, and more distantly to the grouse. There are three subfamilies in the ... (26 of 196 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

flinch | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present]

to make an involuntary small backward movement in response to pain or something frightening or shocking | to avoid thinking about something, ... (21 of 84 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612215​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

flinch

First use: 1570s

Origin: obsolete flecche "to bend, flinch", probably from Old French flenchir "to bend", probably from Frankish *hlankjan (compare Middle ... (19 of 40 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=flinch

Oxford Dictionary:

flinch | flinch from

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "slink or sneak off"): from Old French flenchir "turn aside", of West Germanic origin and related to German lenken "to guide, steer"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flinch

New World Dictionary:

flinch

Origin: earlier also flench from Old French flenchir, to bend aside from Frankish *hlankjan, akin to German lenken, Old English ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flinch

Collins Dictionary:

flinch | flense | flench

First use: 16th century | 19th century

Origin: from Old French flenchir; related to Middle High German lenken to bend, direct | from Danish flense; related to Dutch flensen

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flinch

Merriam-Webster:

flinch

First use: 1578

Origin: Middle French flenchir to bend, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German lenken to bend, Old High German hlanca flank

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flinch

Wiktionary:

flinch | flinches [plural] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle]

Origin: Compare Gothic ______ (filhan), Icelandic fela ("to hide")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flinch

American Heritage Dictionary:

flinch | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Obsolete French flenchir, of Germanic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flinch

Encarta Dictionary:

flinch | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Old French flenchir "turn aside" from Germanic, "to bend"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612215​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

flinch | flense | flench

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flinch"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flinch

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flinch [intransitive] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flinch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flinch

Macmillan American Dictionary:

flinch [intransitive] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle] | flinches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flinch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flinch

Cambridge Dictionary:

flinch

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "flinch"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "flinch"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flinch

the Free Dictionary:

flinch

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "flinch"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "flinch"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "flinch" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/flinch

Google Dictionary:

flinch | flinches [plural] | flinched [past tense] | flinching [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "flinch"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

flinch

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flinch"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=flinch​01 word=flinch

YourDictionary Audio:

flinch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flinch" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flinch

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