verb (used without object), cringed, cring·ing.
Origin of cringe
Examples from the Web for cringe
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
To the Peggy Noonans among us who cringe when Obama talks “down”: This is a deeply informal country.For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American|John McWhorter|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, Cleese goose-steps out of the dining room as the hapless Germans cringe and sob.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there are some soldiers of the Clinton Wars, comrades in arms with Farah and his ilk, who look back on those days and cringe.
But with everyone else laughing at them, the only thing to do was cringe.
With all his audacity he began to cringe under the grave, quiet glance of inquiry bent upon him.Norston's Rest|Ann S. Stephens
The man seemed for a moment to doubt whether there might not be some mistake: he had expected to see him cringe.A Rough Shaking|George MacDonald
Parvenus keep their hats on always, unless before some aristocrat, to whom they cringe.Rambles in Womanland|Max O'Rell
If you will only come into another country, into a republic, people will cringe before my porter's livery.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt|L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
She did not cringe as he had expected, nor did she show fight.A Texas Ranger|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for cringe
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste
Word Origin for cringe
Word Origin and History for cringe
early 13c., from causative of Old English cringan "give way, fall (in battle), become bent," from Proto-Germanic *krank- "bend, curl up" (cf. Old Norse kringr, Dutch kring, German Kring "circle, ring"). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s.