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
I am someone who cringes when I hear a description of a sprained ankle.Why I Didn't Write About Gosnell's Trial--And Why I Should Have|Megan McArdle|April 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“When his name is in the paper, he cringes,” says a Hill veteran.
He cringes at the thought of going on a talk show and does not particularly enjoy premiere walks along the red carpet.
"Either beats or cringes," said Wemmick, not at all addressing himself to me.Great Expectations|Charles Dickens
The common man shrinks, and squeals, and cringes, so that he is known to those around him as one especially persecuted.Mr. Scarborough's Family|Anthony Trollope
I'll keep him and club him till he cringes and crawls at my feet.Left on the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
He crawls and cringes and flatters and lies and swaggers and brags and tells of the influence he has in the ward he lives in.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Now, with many an obeisance, he cringes timidly towards the foot of the das steps; and when the great man says Come!A History of Chinese Literature|Herbert A. Giles
British Dictionary definitions for cringe
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste