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"
fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel(verb)
show submission or fear
A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.
To bow or crouch in servility.
To shrink, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
He cringed as the bird collided with the window.
Origin: Via , from cringan.
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
to contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort
servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility
Origin: [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
krinj, v.i. to bend or crouch with servility: to submit: to fawn: to flatter with mean servility.—n. a servile obeisance.—ns. Cringe′ling, Crin′ger, one who cringes.—adv. Crin′gingly, in an obsequious manner. [Related to A.S. crincan, cringan, to shrink. Cf. Crank, weak.]
The numerical value of cringe in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of cringe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I’ll let him have the birthday cake, but I’ll cringe.
As much as I love the Senate team, the description of their ‘Bruce Jenner’ hot dog of the day made me cringe a little.
I will never embarrass you, i will never do anything that makes you cringe and say ... 'I can't believe that's who we picked.'.
Related : New language discovered in northern Australia The claim – which Frenkel later acknowledged was little more than a theory - was quickly attacked by other communication experts in Australia. University of Queensland linguistics expert Rob Pensalfini told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the theory was an example of cultural cringe and was absolute rubbish. They say New Yorkers have nasal voices because they have to cut through the noise of the traffic, New Yorkers told the ABC. The original one for Australia was we speak in a slurred and closed-lip way to keep the flies out of their mouths.
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