Definition of cringe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cringe

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    verb
    BrE BrE//krɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪndʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cringe
    BrE BrE//krɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪndʒ//
     
    he / she / it cringes
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪndʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪndʒɪz//
     
    past simple cringed
    BrE BrE//krɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪndʒd//
     
    past participle cringed
    BrE BrE//krɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪndʒd//
     
    -ing form cringing
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪndʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪndʒɪŋ//
     
    Embarrassment
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move back and/or away from somebody 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. The very idea made him cringe inside. See related entries: Embarrassment
  3. Word Origin 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 the verb crank.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cringe

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