Cringe meaning

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An act or instance of cringing.
noun
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To behave in a servile way; fawn.
verb
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To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
verb
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To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful.
verb
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To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn.
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The act of cringing.
noun
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(intransitive) To shrink, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.

He cringed as the bird collided with the window.

verb
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He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.

noun
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(dialect) A crick.
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(dated, intransitive) To bow or crouch in servility.
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To cringe is to draw back or to move your face or body in order to shrink from danger or fear.

An example of cringe is when you duck backwards because you are afraid you are going to get hit.

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Origin of cringe

  • Middle English crengen to bend haughtily probably ultimately from Old English cringan to give way

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *crinchen, crenchen, crengen, from Old English cringan, crincan (“to yield, cringe; fall; perish, die”), from Proto-Germanic *kringaną, *krinkaną (“to fall”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to twist, wind”). Cognate with Scots crenge, creinge, creenge, crienge (“to cringe, shrug”). Related to crinkle.

    From Wiktionary