verb \ˈblench\

Definition of BLENCH

intransitive verb
:  to draw back or turn aside from lack of courage :  flinch

Origin of BLENCH

Middle English, to deceive, blench, from Old English blencan to deceive; akin to Old Norse blekkja to impose on
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of BLENCH

recoil, shrink, flinch, wince, blench, quail mean to draw back in fear or distaste. recoil implies a start or movement away through shock, fear, or disgust <recoiled at the suggestion of stealing>. shrink suggests an instinctive recoil through sensitiveness, scrupulousness, or cowardice <shrank from the unpleasant truth>. flinch implies a failure to endure pain or face something dangerous or frightening with resolution <faced her accusers without flinching>. wince suggests a slight involuntary physical reaction (as a start or recoiling) <winced in pain>. blench implies fainthearted flinching <stood their ground without blenching>. quail suggests shrinking and cowering in fear <quailed before the apparition>.



Definition of BLENCH

:  bleach, whiten

Origin of BLENCH

alteration of blanch
First Known Use: 1813


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