If someone's face is pinched, it looks thin and pale, usually because they are ill or old.

Her face was pinched and drawn...

She was a small, silent woman with pinched features and thin hair.

English dictionary. 2008.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • pinched — [pıntʃt] adj a pinched face looks thin and unhealthy, for example because the person is ill, cold, or tired ▪ She had a small pinched face with sad eyes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinched — pinched; pinched·ly; pinched·ness; …   English syllables

  • pinched — index impecunious, narrow Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pinched — [ pıntʃt ] adjective tired, thin, and sick in appearance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pinched — *haggard, cadaverous, worn, careworn, wasted Analogous words: gaunt, scrawny, skinny, angular, rawboned (see LEAN adj) Contrasted words: *strong, sturdy, stout, stalwart: robust, *healthy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Pinched — Pinch Pinch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pinching}.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. {Piece}.] 1. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pinched — Infobox Film name = Pinched image size = caption = director = Harold Lloyd Gilbert Pratt producer = Hal Roach writer = narrator = starring = Harold Lloyd music = cinematography = Walter Lundin editing = Della Mullady distributor = released = 23… …   Wikipedia

  • pinched — adjective 1. sounding as if the nose were pinched (Freq. 1) a whining nasal voice • Syn: ↑adenoidal, ↑nasal • Similar to: ↑high, ↑high pitched • …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinched — adjective a pinched face looks thin and unhealthy, for example because the person is ill, cold, or tired: Years of working in the mine had left their faces pinched and haggard …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinched — mod. arrested. (See also cop; pinch.) □ I got pinched for speeding. □ Sam got pinched for a parole violation …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions