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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wincenoun

    the facial expression of sudden pain

  2. wince, flinchverb

    a reflex response to sudden pain

  3. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quailverb

    draw back, as with fear or pain

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

  4. winceverb

    make a face indicating disgust or dislike

    "She winced when she heard his pompous speech"


  1. wincenoun

    A sudden movement or gesture of shrinking away.

  2. wincenoun

    A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment at will.

  3. winceverb

    To flinch as if in pain or distress.

  4. winceverb

    To wash (cloth), dip it in dye, etc., with the use of a wince.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Winceverb

    To kick as impatient of a rider, or of pain.

    Etymology: gwingo, Welsh.

    I will sit as quiet as a lamb,
    I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word. William Shakespeare.

    Room, room, for my horse will wince,
    If he came within so many yards of a prince. Ben Jonson.

    The angry beast did straight resent
    The wrong done to his fundament,
    Began to kick, and fling, and wince,
    As if h’ had been beside his sense. Hudibras.


  1. Wince

    Wince (28 April 1996 – 2016) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. In a racing career which lasted from June 1998 to May 1999 she ran nine times and won four races. After winning twice from six starts as a two-year-old, she won the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. On her next appearance Wince won the Classic 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse. On her only subsequent appearance she finished unplaced in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh three weeks later. At the end of her three-year-old season she was retired from racing to become a successful broodmare.


  1. wince

    A wince is a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement caused by pain or distress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winceverb

    to shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to start back

  2. Winceverb

    to kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider; as, a horse winces

  3. Wincenoun

    the act of one who winces

  4. Wincenoun

    a reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at will

  5. Etymology: [See Winch.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wince

    wins, v.i. to shrink or start back: to be affected acutely, as by a sarcasm: to be restive, as a horse uneasy at its rider.—n. Win′cer, one who winces. [O. Fr. guinchir, ganchir, to wince—Old High Ger. wenkan (Ger. wanken), to wince. Allied to Eng. wink, and Ger. winken, to nod.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WINCE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wince is ranked #29064 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wince surname appeared 816 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wince.

    70.5% or 576 total occurrences were White.
    23.2% or 190 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wince in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wince in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of wince in a Sentence

  1. Tia McNeill:

    I'd see him wince, and I'd go, 'What's going on?' he just said, 'Oh nothing. Just in my head. Maybe I need to drink.'.

  2. Fred McNeill:

    I'd see him wince, and I'd go' What's going on ?' he just said,' Oh nothing. Just in my head. Maybe I need to drink.' He was always saying.

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  • contraerse de dolorSpanish
  • kavahtaa, sävähdys, kavahdus, vavahtaa, tempoilla, potkia, vavahdus, tempoaFinnish
  • sussultareItalian
  • winceLatin
  • maopoMāori
  • samentrekken, stuip, stuipen, huiveren, samenkrimpen, samentrekkingDutch
  • krympe segNorwegian
  • fiorRomanian
  • вздрагивание, содрогаться, морщиться, содрогнуться, вздрогнуть, вздрагивать, содрогание, сморщитьсяRussian
  • وینUrdu
  • 畏缩Chinese

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