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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
- to act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
Origin: ME crengen (with nasalized vowel as in hinge), caus. < OE cringan, to fall (in battle): for IE base see cradle
- cringer noun
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intransitive verb cringed cringed, cring·ing, cring·es
- To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
- To behave in a servile way; fawn.
Origin: Middle English crengen, to bend haughtily, probably ultimately from Old English cringan, to give way.