cringey

or crin·gy

[ krin-jee ]
/ ˈkrɪn dʒi /

adjective Informal.

causing a reaction or feeling of embarrassment, awkwardness, or discomfort; cringeworthy: The movie brought back my cringey middle school memories.
seeking favor by means of servile behavior or flattery:His talk show is mostly cringey interviews with celebrities.

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Origin of cringey

First recorded in 1965–70; cringe + -y1
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