verb (used without object), cringed, cring·ing.
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Origin of cringe
OTHER WORDS FROM cringecring·er, nouncring·ing·ly, adverbcring·ing·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for cringe
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
But many among the Conservative old guard cringed at its “feminine” sounding message.
He hated scenes and tiresome debates as he hated people who cringed and sidled before him.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
She cringed at the thought, for what was she that a man should die in her service?Riders of the Silences|John Frederick
“None of us cringed, unless it was you,” Ato retorted angrily.Hunters Out of Space|Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Madge cringed as a vivid flash of lightning zigzagged across the sky to illuminate an ugly mass of dark clouds.The Missing Formula|Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
He cringed from the thought, although he knew that there was little to fear if he linked himself to the ship.Tight Squeeze|Dean Charles Ing
British Dictionary definitions for cringe
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste