American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shrink; start back; give way; flinch; turn aside or fly off.
- To quail: said of the eye.
- To deceive; cheat.
- To draw back from; shirk; avoid; elude; deny from fear.
- To hinder or obstruct; disconcert; foil.
- n. A deceit; a trick.
- n. A sidelong glance.
- Upon or based upon the payment of a nominal or trifling yearly duty: applied to a sort of tenure of land: as, the estate is held blench of the crown. See blanch-holding.
- To become pale; blanch.
- To make white; blanch.
- v. intransitive To shrink; start back; give way; flinch; turn aside or fly off.
- v. intransitive (of the eye) To quail.
- v. transitive To deceive; cheat.
- v. transitive To draw back from; shrink; avoid; elude; deny, as from fear.
- v. transitive To hinder; obstruct; disconcert; foil.
- n. A deceit; a trick.
- n. A sideling glance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shrink; to start back; to draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
- v. obsolete To fly off; to turn aside.
- v. obsolete To baffle; to disconcert; to turn away; -- also, to obstruct; to hinder.
- v. obsolete To draw back from; to deny from fear.
- n. obsolete A looking aside or askance.
- v. To grow or make pale.
- v. turn pale, as if in fear
- From Middle English blenchen, from Old English blencan ("to deceive, cheat"), from Proto-Germanic *blankijanan (“to deceive”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to burn, shine, scorch”). Cognate with Icelandic blekkja ("to deceive, cheat, impose upon"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English blenchen, from Old English blencan, to deceive; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“( "The word 'blench' came from Rehnquist," Bradley says.”
“For the true face of catwalk evil, look instead to the girl models, some so emaciated they made Samantha Cameron blench in shock.”
“How my words, my very presence and smell of me, of my words, must make you furiously blench!”
“The movie is even more violent than its predecessors, the language reaches levels of obscenity that would make David Mamet blench and uses the real names of everyone concerned.”
“Mandelson: though twice disgraced, we should not blench at using him as a weapon with which to help the EU's demise”
“I blench to say this of a fellow Burger but NWB is . . . no . . . gentleman.”
“She heard Colum and Dougal talking about me; that's what made her blench-she'd think Colum had heard she'd been to me for the ill-wish.”
“The remnant of the hereditary peerage still left can offer a history with enough blood and guts to make even Steven Spielberg blench.”
“The Bloomberg account speaks of “… traditionally unprofitable corporate loans and trades for their customers …” — and that may once have been the case, but not when Uncle Sam is handing out free money to finance your trading book and allowing you to keep liquidity tight enough to permit a mark-up that a Bensonhurst loan shark would blench at.”
“I'm not a spouse of any blench of the Military personnel.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘blench’.
Thanks to everyone who added to this list. (I moved it to a new URL, so all the words added on the first day are credited to me—sorry about that.)
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Because they just don't make 'em like they used to.
...from swerve of shore to bend of bay,...all's fair in vannesy...and in Finnegans Wake.
Other terms used or coined by Joyce may be found at inkhorn's list Joycean Vocab.
My collection of words that are intriguing, but don't fit my other lists.
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