1. [ verb ] draw back, as with fear or pain
Synonyms: flinch cringe recoil shrink wince funk squinch

"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

Related terms: move shrink_back wince
2. [ noun ] (game bird) flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
Related terms: wildfowl game_bird
3. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 21309
4. [ noun ] (zoology,game bird) small gallinaceous game birds
Related terms: phasianid bobwhite Old_World_quail California_quail bevy
Similar spelling:   quill