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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old North French
Origin: wenchier 'to be impatient, move about suddenly'

wince

verb
     
wince [intransitive]
1HBH to suddenly change the expression on your face as a reaction to something painful or upsetting:
Sandra winced as the dentist started to drill.
2 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]

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