Definition of cringingly in English:

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cringingly

Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪndʒɪŋli/

adverb

1In a servile or sycophantic way: Carfax shrank cringingly to one side
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  • "I'm not really sure I offered," she said cringingly, although she was glad she seemed to have been that first girl.
  • Carfax shrank cringingly to one side, and Monceux dismounted from his milk-white horse to meet his King.
1.1 [usually as submodifier] informal So as to make one feel embarrassed or disgusted: their early performances were cringingly awkward
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  • In an emotional scene where Maureen defends her bulimia, Pratt is cringingly bad.
  • To make matters worse, Mancuso was cringingly under-rehearsed on opening night, stopping the performance on at least seven counts to consult his script.
  • Time and again they chose unsuspecting members of an audience and embroiled them in wacky games or ludicrous, sometimes cringingly embarrassing, situations.

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