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.

  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

  4. Origin: [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.]

How to pronounce cringe?

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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. Heather Thalwitzer:

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

  2. Joacim Hernandez:

    There are some things Joacim Hernandez says that you have to cringe.

  3. Chris Seelbach:

    As much as I love the Senate team, the description of their ‘Bruce Jenner’ hot dog of the day made me cringe a little.

  4. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    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.'.

  5. Peter Farrelly:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of cringe

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