- 1[intransitive] to move back and/or away from someone because you are afraid synonym cower a child cringing in terror
- 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.
NAmE//krɪndʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cringe
he / she / it cringes
past simple cringed
-ing form cringing