Definition of cringe in English:


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Pronunciation: /krɪn(d)ʒ

verb (cringes, cringing, cringed)

[no object]


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  • An act of cringing.
    More example sentences
    • The chuckle turned into a cringe as I swung a little, due to the movement caused by my laughter.
    • Genevan felt a strange cringe in his stomach at the sight of her.
    • Pierre gave a small cringe as Marge turned from fixing the table with mild surprise.



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  • Runner-up in the list of Christmas cringers was There's No-one Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir.
  • The carpers and cringers invariably compare Holyrood with Westminster.
  • Watching him throw an embarrassingly long fit about the creative direction of the movie and calling a female producer a ‘smart girl ‘is a cringer.’


Middle English crenge, crenche, related to Old English cringan, crincan 'bend, yield, fall in battle', of Germanic origin and related to Dutch krengen 'heel over' and German krank 'sick', also to crank1.

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