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
Examples of cringe in a Sentence
I’ll let him have the birthday cake, but I’ll cringe.
There are some things Joacim Hernandez says that you have to 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.'.
I was an idiot, i did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is Im embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. Im deeply sorry.
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