To recoil is to spring back or back away.
Shrink is defined as to become less, reduce or make smaller.
To cringe is to draw back or to move your face or body in order to shrink from danger or fear.
To turn away (one's gaze, for example).
To shudder is to shake or tremble, often because of fear.
To retreat is to withdraw or back away, especially from a dangerous or unpleasant situation or from a military engagement.
Quaver is a situation where your voice shakes, trembles or expresses uncertainty.
To make an action as if doing one thing, but actually doing another, for example to trick an opponent.
To cower is defined as to duck down, crouch or hide in fear.
To get rid of (tears, eye drops, etc.) by blinking
To stay clear of; go around or away from:
To move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil
To face; stand or meet face to face
To be sufficient for (a need, for example); fulfill:
To meet or confront squarely or face to face
Seek is defined as to search or look for something.
Approach means to move close to something.
Find another word for flinched. In this page you can discover 21 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for flinched, like: quailed, recoiled, winced, shrunken, cringed, withdrawn, started, shuddered, retreated, quavered and feigned.