Origin of cringe
OTHER WORDS FROM cringecring·er, nouncring·ing·ly, adverbcring·ing·ness, noun
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How to use cringe in a sentence
Feldstein and Owen bring what I assume is an intended blend of romantic foolhardiness, blind horniness and all-around cringe to their banter scenes, and, well, they sure nail that latter quality.
No matter what Tokyo pulled off Friday, however, the response was going to be a collective cringe.The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Was Depressing as Hell|Kevin Fallon|July 23, 2021|The Daily Beast
With Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld co-creator and “social assassin” Larry David has brought us more than two decades’ worth of cringe comedy based on his privileged life.The New Class of Comfort TV: 16 Shows to Watch When You Run Out of Friends and The Office|Eliana Dockterman|February 10, 2021|Time
We live in a golden age of cringe, an art form defined, at least in part, by its grotesquely earnest monuments to politicians.
I would cringe the same way you would if I felt [the depiction was problematic].
Maybe you managed not to cringe at his take on the Bard in Shakespeare in Love, making you a stronger person than most.Ben Affleck Delivers the Best Performance of His Career in ‘Gone Girl’|Kevin Fallon|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other one is silly and perhaps because of that even more cringe-worthy.
In hindsight, it is one of the more cringe-inducing campaign promises Barack Obama ever made.
If the first 12 minutes of game footage released this month is any indication, the writing in Hardline is cringe-worthy at best.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same amount of pride which makes a man treat haughtily his inferiors, makes him cringe servilely to those above him.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre|Jean de La Bruyre
And then, that a thought should knock me prone, and make me cringe—from the mere fact of its lowness and meanness!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
The captives were pale and seemed to cringe from the pale interrogation light.The Link|Alan Edward Nourse
My grand signior, Vouchsafe a beso las manos, and a cringe Of the last edition.The Plays of Philip Massinger|Philip Massinger
Beside a falsify may spoil his cringe, Or making of a leg, in which consists Much of his Court-perfection.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)|Francis Beaumont
British Dictionary definitions for cringe
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste