|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||wenchier 'to be impatient, move about suddenly'|
to suddenly change the expression on your face as a reaction to something painful or upsetting:
Sandra winced as the dentist started to drill.
to suddenly feel very uncomfortable or embarrassed because of something that happens, something you remember etc [= cringe]
wince at the memory/thought/idea
I still wince at the thought of that terrible evening.
—wince noun [singular]