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PINCHED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pinched mean? 

PINCHED (adjective)
  The adjective PINCHED has 4 senses:

1. sounding as if the nose were pinched
2. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
3. not having enough money to pay for necessities
4. as if squeezed uncomfortably tight

  Familiarity information: PINCHED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PINCHED (adjective)


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Meaning:

Sounding as if the nose were pinched

Synonyms:

pinched; nasal; adenoidal

Context example:

a whining nasal voice

Similar:

high; high-pitched (used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency)


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Meaning:

Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

Synonyms:

bony; cadaverous; emaciated; gaunt; haggard; pinched; skeletal; wasted

Context examples:

emaciated bony hands / a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys / eyes were haggard and cavernous / small pinched faces / kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration

Similar:

lean; thin (lacking excess flesh)


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Meaning:

Not having enough money to pay for necessities

Synonyms:

hard up; impecunious; in straitened circumstances; penniless; penurious; pinched

Similar:

poor (having little money or few possessions)


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Meaning:

As if squeezed uncomfortably tight

Context example:

her pinched toes in her pointed shoes were killing her

Similar:

constricted (drawn together or squeezed physically or by extension psychologically)


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