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
Cringe is best understood as a cousin of camp, though cringe differs from camp in that camp can still be enjoyable on its own terms.
It's from a combination of excessive cringing and sustained weeping.‘Sound of Music Live!’ Review: The Hills Are Barely Alive|Kevin Fallon|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The new muskel-Juden replaces the weak, cringing land-less Jew.Jonathan Pollard Means Israeli-American Squabbling Instead of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation|Raphael Magarik|July 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But cheering for the message of self-empowerment quickly shifted to cringing.
In memory, he was reviled as a servile race traitor, a cringing sycophant to white wealth and power.
You could almost hear Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg cringing every time she spoke.
But when he had finished, Sivert Jespersen, with a cringing smile, said: "I think now we had better sing a hymn."Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
A little cringing shrivelled old man stood up in astonishment.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
If the partners despised us for our cringing before them they were right; we were a despicable set.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
He stopped and looked back at the people cringing in the doorways.The Stutterer|R.R. Merliss
In those false, fascinating pages he is a consummate scoundrel, "a mere cringing courtier and a pimp."Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for cringe
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste