Definitions for cringekrɪndʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cringekrɪndʒ(v.; n.)cringed, cring•ing

  1. (v.i.)to shrink or crouch, esp. in fear or servility; cower.

  2. to fawn; toady.

  3. (n.)servile or fawning deference.

Origin of cringe:

1175–1225; ME crengen,crenchen (transit.); OE *crencean, crencgean, causative of cringan, crincan to yield, fall (in battle), c. OFris krenza, D krengen to keel over


Princeton's WordNet

  1. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)

    draw back, as with fear or pain

    "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

  2. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel(verb)

    show submission or fear


  1. cringe(Noun)

    A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.

    He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.

  2. cringe(Noun)

    A crick.

  3. cringe(Verb)

    To bow or crouch in servility.

  4. cringe(Verb)

    To shrink, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.

    He cringed as the bird collided with the window.

  5. Origin: Via , from cringan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cringe(verb)

    to draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence; to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn

  2. Cringe(verb)

    to contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort

  3. Cringe(noun)

    servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility

Anagrams of cringe

  1. genric

Translations for cringe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to shrink back in fear, terror etc

The dog cringed when his cruel master raised his hand to strike him.

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