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Definition of the noun flinch

What does flinch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flinches

  1. a reflex response to sudden pain
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of flinch: wince
    • more generic words: jump / start / startle = a sudden involuntary movement

Alternative definition of the noun flinch


  1. A reflexive jerking away.

Definition of the verb flinch

What does flinch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: flinched | flinching | flinches

  1. draw back, as with fear or pain
    • example: she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]Sharon flinched
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] at / from [Cause]Sharon flinched at the sight of the accident

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): balk, cower, cringe, quail, recoil, shrink, wince.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of flinch: cringe / funk / quail / recoil / shrink / squinch / wince
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms: shrink back / retract = pull away from a source of disgust or fear

Alternative definition of the verb flinch


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


Flinch is glam rock band from Tampere, Finland formed in 2003.


  1. "Flinch" is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette for her fifth studio album, Under Rug Swept. The song, written, arranged and produced by Morissette herself, is a pop rock ballad inspired by an old flame she previously dated when she was younger. Lyrically, "Flinch" is about feeling ashamed and embarrassed after seeing an ex-boyfriend, and how much he still affects her, with the protagonist claiming that she will eventually grow up and won't even flinch at his name.
  2. "Flinch" is a musical album of Citizen Fish.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  3. "Flinch" is a composition.
  4. "Flinch" is a 2002 single by Alanis Morissette.
    • released in (13 years ago)


"Flinch" is a book by Robert Ferrigno.

  • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
  • subject: Adventure


"Flinch" is a 1994 thriller film written by Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky and directed by George Erschbamer.


Flinch is a card game that was invented in 1901 by A.J. Patterson. Patterson grew up on a farm in Eaton Country and graduated high school at the age of sixteen. He moved from job to job in Grand Rapids and Chicago before he finally settled in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a bookkeeper at a stationary store, Beecher & Kymer. At home one day while he was playing cards, he came up with the idea for Flinch. He decided to create the game and the deck. Later, he ran the Flinch Card Company out of the stationary store that was renamed, Beecher, Kymer, & Patterson.


Flinch is a fictional character from the 1978 film Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo.


Flinch was a Vertigo Comics horror anthology.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flinch

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Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1882)

by Samuel Johnson, Robert Gordon Latham

To flinch is the equivalent of the Du. ftikken, G flinken, to glitter; flink, quick, active; to quinch, of Du. quincken, micare, motitare (Kil.); while wince or winch is a modification of wink, the vibration of the eyelids.—Wedgwood, Dictionary of English ...

Google previewShotgunner (2015)

Reflections on Birds, Guns, and Dogs by Steve Smith

A flinch is a response formulated by the body to keep from getting hammered by recoil one more time. The problem is that you don't know you're doing it until it happens. One time you're fine, the next time. . . There are ways to try to fool a flinch.

Google previewThe Secrets of Power Selling (2010)

101 Tips to Help You Improve Your Sales Results by Kelley Robertson

A flinch is a visible and verbal reaction to an offer or price. The objective of the flinch is to make the other person feel uncomfortable for the request they made or the price they offered. Here is an example. A customer asks you for a fifteen ...

Google previewGeyer's Stationer (1903)

Devoted to the Interests of the Stationery, Fancy Goods and Notion Trades

Flinch is an innocent, harmless game, which may be played in any home by the whole family, and enjoyed by old and young alike. W. M. Chatfield, of Glaenzer, Frieres & Rheinboldt, repre— senting A. Dupont & Co., Paris, has returned from ...

Google previewTradigital Animate CC (2016)

12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Animate by Stephen Brooks

The flinch is a squash, while your freeze moment will be met with a stretch. When animating, you'll use Squash and Stretch to accentuate those moments. Every time you watch cartoons from now on you will be seeing Squash and Stretch.

Google previewWalden's Stationer and Printer (1903)

Flinch is an innocent, harmless game, which may lie played in any home by the whole family and enjoyed by old and young alike. PAPER FOR BONDS AND NOTES. CRANE and company get the award at 4314 CENTS A POUND. The annual ...

Google previewEvery Living Thing (2015)

How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and other Christian Leaders are inspiring all of us to Care for Animals by Christine Gutleben

On the other hand, it may indicate a reaction that draws on stored memory and the flinch is an expression of fear and anxiety. If the latter is the case then Lewis's argument begins to unravel. In a response to this argument, philosopher C. E. M. ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

flinch To draw back from something painful,

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Americana (1905)

A Universal Reference Library Comprising the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, Biography, Geography, Commerce, Etc., of the World by Scientific American, inc

Flinch, a card game said to have had its origin in Kalamazoo, Mich., and to have been invented by a man named Flinch. The game is played with a pack of 150 cards, numbered consecutively from 1 to 15, there being 10 cards of each numeral.

Google previewThe Standard-phonographic Dictionary (1862)

by Andrew Jackson Graham

Flinch, flineb ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Flightless nonaquatic bird—ratite Flighty—dizzy, giddy Flighty and disorganised person—scatterbrain Flimsy—tenuous Flimsy boat—cockleshell Flimsy gown—negligee Flimsy material—gossamer Flimsy, as an excuse—lame Flinch—quail, ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

FLINCH, v. o: Perhaps corrupted from FLINchen, n.s. $fling, or from the Teut. blencken, to start back; there is also a Saxon verb plion, to avoid. In Shakspeare it signifies to fail : but its usual application is to shrink from any suffering or ...

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Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will. (John McCain)
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Scrabble value of F4L1I1N1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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