Cringe Definition

krĭnj
cringed, cringes, cringing
verb
cringed, cringes, cringing
To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful.
Webster's New World
To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn.
Webster's New World

(dated, intransitive) To bow or crouch in servility.

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Antonyms:
come-forward
noun
cringes
The act of cringing.
Webster's New World
He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.
Wiktionary

(dialect) A crick.

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Other Word Forms of Cringe

Noun

Singular:
cringe
Plural:
cringes

Origin of Cringe

  • 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

  • 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

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