What does blench mean?

blench meaning in General Dictionary

A looking apart or askance

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  • to cultivate or make pale
  • To baffle to disconcert to turn away and also to obstruct to impede
  • To shrink to start out returning to draw back from not enough nerve or quality to flinch to quail
  • turn pale, as if in anxiety
  • To shrink; to start straight back; to draw right back, from not enough courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
  • To travel down; to make aside.
  • To baffle; to disconcert; to show away; -- additionally, to obstruct; to impede.
  • to-draw right back from; to reject from anxiety.
  • A looking apart or askance.
  • to develop or make pale.

blench meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move all of a sudden, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Associated: Blenched; blenching.


blench meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To shrink; to start right back; to-draw back, from not enough courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.

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  • (v. i.) To fly off; to make apart.
  • (v. t.) To baffle; to disconcert; to make away; -- additionally, to impair; to hinder.
  • (v. t.) To draw straight back from; to reject from worry.
  • (n.) A looking aside or askance.
  • (v. i. & t.) To cultivate or make pale.