or crin·gy

[ krin-jee ]

  1. causing a reaction or feeling of embarrassment, awkwardness, or discomfort; cringeworthy: The movie brought back my cringey middle school memories.

  2. seeking favor by means of servile behavior or flattery:His talk show is mostly cringey interviews with celebrities.

Origin of cringey

First recorded in 1965–70; cringe + -y1

Words Nearby cringey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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