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recoiling

See definition of recoiling on Dictionary.com
  • as inbashful
  • as inreturn

synonyms for recoiling

  • confused
  • coy
  • diffident
  • embarrassed
  • reticent
  • self-conscious
  • sheepish
  • timid
  • abashed
  • backward
  • blushful
  • blushing
  • chary
  • constrained
  • demure
  • humble
  • modest
  • nervous
  • overmodest
  • reserved
  • retiring
  • self-effacing
  • shamefaced
  • shrinking
  • silent
  • timorous
  • unassertive
  • verecund

antonyms for recoiling

MOST RELEVANT
  • aggressive
  • bold
  • forward
  • unabashed
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How to use recoiling in a sentence

In an instant the dog's right eye opened and stared at Balsamo, who could not help recoiling.
BALSAMO, THE MAGICIANALEXANDER DUMAS
Lightbody, overturning chair and table, sprang up—recoiling as one recoils before an avenging specter.
MURDER IN ANY DEGREEOWEN JOHNSON
“Then I will call you Tenny,” said Jeanne, recoiling just a little from calling the woman aunty.
A DAUGHTER OF THE UNIONLUCY FOSTER MADISON
It was like one of the little dogs in our camp snapping at the patriarch of them all, and recoiling from a growl.
LAZARREMARY HARTWELL CATHERWOOD
The wolf, recoiling as if shot by a rifle, doubled into a heap, then sprang snarling away.
ON THE YUKON TRAILROY J. SNELL
Miss Langton answers, angrily, recoiling from the white, extended hand.
GUY KENMORE'S WIFE AND THE ROSE AND THE LILYMRS. ALEX MCVEIGH MILLER
I asked, recoiling from the brute, as Wemmick spat upon his eyebrow and gave it a rub with his sleeve.
GREAT EXPECTATIONSCHARLES DICKENS
Standing about, recoiling from the withering heat, could be seen a dozen stalwart forms.
BY RIGHT OF CONQUESTARTHUR HORNBLOW
Could I but escape one horrible picture, I would meet, without recoiling, the remembrance of the rest.
DISCIPLINEMARY BRUNTON
The fugitive Spaniards, recoiling from the savages, only changed one form of death for another.
THE LILY AND THE TOTEMWILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS
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WORDS RELATED TO RECOILING

  • abashed
  • backward
  • blushful
  • blushing
  • chary
  • confused
  • constrained
  • coy
  • demure
  • diffident
  • embarrassed
  • humble
  • modest
  • nervous
  • overmodest
  • recoiling
  • reserved
  • reticent
  • retiring
  • self-conscious
  • self-effacing
  • shamefaced
  • sheepish
  • shrinking
  • silent
  • timid
  • timorous
  • unassertive
  • verecund
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.