verb (used without object), cringed, cring·ing.
- crimson clover,
- crimson flag,
- crinkle leaf
Origin of cringe
Examples from the Web for cringing
But cheering for the message of self-empowerment quickly shifted to cringing.
You could almost hear Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg cringing every time she spoke.
The video has 1.5 million views on YouTube and became an Internet sensation that had many simultaneously laughing and cringing.
Cramer was almost incoherent by this point, cringing and apologetic.
It was a name that always sent shivers down my spine; it made up the paragraphs of history books that I always skimmed, cringing.
"Good morning, Mr. Saunders," said an unpleasantly soft and cringing voice.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
The pride of the great will disappear as soon as we cease our cringing.
His cringing salute was almost as nauseous as the impudent brutality which he had shown in the Thieves' Kitchen.The Orange Girl|Walter Besant
Jocko was grinning and cringing, with sharp, sudden squeals for pity when he saw Polly.Ben Pepper|Margaret Sidney
Many of his old associates under the Empire were banished; others had forfeited his regard by cringing to the new Government.
- to wince in embarrassment or distaste
- to experience a sudden feeling of embarrassment or distaste
Word Origin for cringe
early 13c., from causative of Old English cringan "give way, fall (in battle), become bent," from Proto-Germanic *krank- "bend, curl up" (cf. Old Norse kringr, Dutch kring, German Kring "circle, ring"). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s.