verb (used without object)

  1. to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another’s gaze.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to make or become pale or white; blanch.


  1. (intr) to shy away, as in fear; quail


  1. to make or become pale or white

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 suddenly, wince, dodge” is from c.1300. Related: Blenched; blenching.

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