What does flinch mean?

Definitions for flinchflɪntʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flinch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wince, flinch(verb)

    a reflex response to sudden pain

  2. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)

    draw back, as with fear or pain

    "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"


  1. flinch(Noun)

    A reflexive jerking away.

    My eye doctor hates the flinch I have every time he tries to get near my eyes.

  2. flinch(Verb)

    To make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a (usually negative) stimulus.

  3. flinch(Verb)

    To dodge (a question), to avoid an unpleasant task or duty

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flinch(verb)

    to withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one of the parties flinched from the combat

  2. Flinch(verb)

    to let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet

  3. Flinch(noun)

    the act of flinching

  4. Origin: [Prob. fr. OE. flecchen to waver, give way, F. flchir, fr. L. flectere to bend; but prob. influenced by E. blench. Cf. Flex.]


  1. Flinch

    Flinch is a card game, played with a custom deck, invented in 1901 by A.J. Patterson. This deck has 150 cards, consisting of ten sets numbered from one to fifteen. Some variations use a 144-card deck. It is based on "Spite and Malice".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flinch

    flinsh, v.i. to shrink back: to fail.—ns. Flinch′er; Flinch′ing, the act of flinching or shrinking.—adv. Flinch′ingly. [M. E. flecchen—O. Fr. fléchir, prob. from L. flectĕre, to bend.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flinch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flinch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bill Ship:

    I thought, by God, that's the end of us, he did not flinch and he didn't back down. He was a brave man. But he was more than just brave. He was a first-rate journalist. When Claude was around, we all gathered in his room to compare notes. He was the kind of unofficial squad leader of the reporters covering civil rights.

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Translations for flinch

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • reaccionar, estremecerseSpanish
  • säpsähtää, säpsähdys, kavahtaaFinnish
  • broncherFrench
  • sussultareItalian
  • נרתעHebrew
  • wīwī, toemi, kōrapaMāori
  • terugdeinzenDutch
  • вздро́гнуть, содрога́ться, вздра́гивание, содрогну́ться, вздра́гиватьRussian
  • trznitiSlovene

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