Meaning of RECOIL in English

verb , noun

■ verb / rɪˈkɔɪl; NAmE / [ v ]


recoil (from sb/sth) | recoil (at sth) to move your body quickly away from sb/sth because you find them or it frightening or unpleasant

SYN flinch :

She recoiled from his touch.

He recoiled in horror at the sight of the corpse.


recoil (from sth / from doing sth) | recoil (at sth) to react to an idea or a situation with strong dislike or fear

SYN shrink :

She recoiled from the idea of betraying her own brother.


( of a gun ) to move suddenly backwards when you fire it

■ noun

/ ˈriːkɔɪl/ [ U , sing. ] a sudden movement backwards, especially of a gun when it is fired



Middle English (denoting the act of retreating): from Old French reculer move back, based on Latin culus buttocks.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.