Definition of cringe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    cringe

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//krɪndʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cringe
     
    he / she / it cringes
     
    past simple cringed
     
    -ing form cringing
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move back and/or away from someone because you are afraid synonym cower a child cringing in terror
  2. 2[intransitive] to feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable about something I cringe when I think of the poems I wrote then. She felt herself cringe with embarrassment at the memory.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cringe