verb (used without object), cringed, cring·ing.
- crimson clover,
- crimson flag,
- crinkle leaf
Origin of cringe
Examples from the Web for cringed
And in the season finale, I cringed so hard that tears finally came out.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When my British husband insisted that what he truly wanted for his birthday was to see a Monster Jam Truck show, I cringed inside.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Democrats who saw it cringed, Republicans were stunned, and nobody else noticed.Alison Grimes Will Have to Step It Up to Beat Mitch McConnell|Sam Youngman|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I cringed when one actually screamed at me: "How can beggars be choosers?"The Pointlessness of Some Disaster Charity After the Indian Floods|Dilip D’Souza|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yes, I have cringed listening to Americans complain about how much smaller and dingier everything is compared to home.
It was such a blood-curdling yelp that Washer cringed and cowered in fear.Washer the Raccoon |George Ethelbert Walsh
Here was a man who a month before would have cringed at the colonel's upraised finger!Jack O' Judgment|Edgar Wallace
Four men, with their heads half shaved, who were carrying tubs filled with something, cringed when they saw the inspector.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
“You had better sit still,” he said, and Patmore cringed at the Premier's knees.The Crime Club|William Holt-White
They cringed and wept and wailed, but nothing could be got out of them.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste
Word Origin 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.