To cringe is to draw back or to move your face or body in order to shrink from danger or fear.(verb)
An example of cringe is when you duck backwards because you are afraid you are going to get hit.
See cringe in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME crengen (with nasalized vowel as in hinge), caus. < OE cringan, to fall (in battle): for IE base see cradle
See cringe in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb cringed cringed, cring·ing, cring·es
Origin: Middle English crengen, to bend haughtily
Origin: , probably ultimately from Old English cringan, to give way.
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