What does cringe mean?

Definitions for cringe
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cringe.

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

Wiktionary

  1. cringe(Noun)

    A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.

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

    Etymology: Via , from cringan.

  2. cringe(Noun)

    A crick.

    Etymology: Via , from cringan.

  3. cringe(Verb)

    To bow or crouch in servility.

    Etymology: Via , from cringan.

  4. cringe(Verb)

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

    He cringed as the bird collided with the window.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.]

  2. Cringe(verb)

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

    Etymology: [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.]

  3. Cringe(noun)

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

    Etymology: [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cringe

    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.]

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How to say cringe in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cringe in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cringe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cringe in a Sentence

  1. Dale Stevermer:

    I cringe, when a tariff even gets talked about, it makes both the buyers and the sellers jumpy. It's going to impact my bottom line, it's going to impact my business livelihood, and, to an extent, it becomes a mental outlook.

  2. Brian Fallon:

    I thought it was very cringe-worthy on many levels. Elizabeth Warren doesn't need Bill de Blasio's advice on what's good for the progressive movement, i don't even think it's true, what he tried to say at the end of the tweet, that if the situation were reversed Bernie would have endorsed her already. I don't think that's true at all.

  3. Sherry Ross:

    If you think about your face, it’s a very sensitive skin region, your vagina is really no different. I cringe when people use the same soap in the shower to clean their underarms that they use for their vagina when they wouldn’t do that with their face.

  4. Heather Thalwitzer:

    I’ll let him have the birthday cake, but I’ll cringe.

  5. Peter Farrelly:

    True. I was Peter Farrelly, i did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I'm deeply sorry.

Images & Illustrations of cringe

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