- A person who cringes or shies away.
Variant of cringe
intransitive verbcringed, cringing
- to draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
- to act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
Origin of cringeMiddle English crengen (with nasalized vowel as in hinge), causative ; from Old English cringan, to fall (in battle): for Indo-European base see cradle
the act of cringing