AskDefine | Define flinch

Dictionary Definition

flinch n : a reflex response to sudden pain [syn: wince] v : draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A reflexive jerking away.
    My eye doctor hates the flinch I have every time he tries to get near my eyes.


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


to make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a stimulus

Extensive Definition

Flinch may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

avoid, avoidance, be startled, blanch, blench, blink, boggle, cower, cringe, demur, dodge, draw back, draw in, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, evasion, fade, fall back, fallback, falter, fight shy of, funk, hang back, hang off, have qualms, hesitate, hold off, jib, jump, jump a mile, make bones about, pause, pull back, pull in, pull out, pullback, pullout, quail, recede, recoil, reel back, retire, retract, retreat, scruple, sheer off, shrink, shrink back, shrink from, shun, shy, shy at, sidestep, sidestepping, squinch, start, start aside, start back, startle, stick at, stickle, strain, swerve, turn aside, waver, weasel, weasel out, wince, withdraw
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