To recoil is to spring back or back away.
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
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 recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
To shake involuntarily, as from excitement or anger; quake.
To shake hands:
To shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe
(Intransitive) To fly off; to turn aside.
To move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil
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 quailing. In this page you can discover 17 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for quailing, like: recoiling, wincing, shrinking, cringing, flinching, trembling, shuddering, shaking, faltering, cowering and blenching.