What does cringe mean?

Definitions for cringekrɪndʒ

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


  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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Heather Thalwitzer:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.'.

  4. 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.

  5. New Yorkers:

    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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