winch (n.)

late 13c., from Old English wince "winch, pulley," from Proto-Germanic *winkja-, from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve" (see wink (v.)). Perhaps so called in reference to the bent handle.

winch (v.)

"to hoist with a winch," 1520s, from winch (n.). Related: Winched; winching.

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