Adjective "pinched" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Tense and pale from cold, worry, or hunger.
  1. 'The queen was a thin woman, with pointy elbows, a pinched face, and wispy white hair on which the crown marking her rank sat.'
  2. 'Prosser appears the stereotypical Welshman - pinched face, thin-rimmed spectacles and no sign of extravagance.'
  3. 'The children looked pinched and hollow-eyed for want of food.'
  4. 'Her usually rosy cheeks were now pinched and deathly pale.'
  5. 'There were bags under her eyes, and her face was pale and pinched looking.'
  6. 'In the dim light of the tent his bony features reflected Leah's sallow grimace, Ksandra's pinched cheeks.'
  7. 'He was thin and gaunt, with an odious pinched white face and fierce big black bushy eyebrows.'
  8. 'The six cameras dotted around the court picked up her pinched and weary face as the Lord Advocate began questioning her.'
  9. 'Standing and gathering her cloak tightly around her shoulders she turned away from Madam Corbeau's pinched expression and down the lane.'
  10. 'Danovin strode in with a pinched expression, and sighed as he leaned against the door, shooting into a sharp and speedy litany that made Visbec chuckle.'
Suffering from financial hardship.


    1. to squeeze or compress between the finger and thumb, the teeth, the jaws of an instrument, or the like.

    2. to constrict or squeeze painfully, as a tight shoe does.

    3. to cramp within narrow bounds or quarters: The crowd pinched him into a corner.

    4. to render (the face, body, etc.) unnaturally constricted or drawn, as pain or distress does: Years of hardship had pinched her countenance beyond recognition.

    5. to affect with sharp discomfort or distress, as co

    More examples(as adjective)

    "nerves can be pinched."

    "faces can be pinched."

    "looks can be pinched."

    "people can be pinched."

    "supplies can be pinched."

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