Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of cringe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. totally submissive

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I remember when this show opened and could not wait to see it, but found myself cringing from the cheese of it.

    New Footage from The Adventures of Conan Live Show!

  • This child spent his first eleven years in San Francisco, trailing his father up and down the hills, watching him swim in San Francisco Bay, and cringing from the blows that a drunken dad might aim at his head.

    Robert Frost

  • When he wasn't cringing from the warrior thunder, Kurtzhau (aged 2 and a lot) had his toy jetfighter lined up with the real thing, matching the insanely tight turns, vertical climbs and stunning dives.

    Air show! Planes!

  • He was still in the strait-waistcoat and in the padded room, but the suffused look had gone from his face, and his eyes had something of their old pleading -- I might almost say, "cringing" -- softness, I was satisfied with his present condition, and directed him to be relieved.

    Dracula

  • New rule for the coming month: whenever NPR starts a story with a polka band in the next few weeks, I’m likely to be cringing from the Northeastern PA accents (and “logic”) that follows soon after.

    My appalling birthplace (fourth in an infinite series) « Pennamite

  • While I think it's a nice proactive approach that I hope Chris Baty takes seriously alerting participants about scammers, I think it's much ado about nothing, and her cringing is a bit of an over-reaction.

    Hey NaNoWRIMo, do the right thing here, ok?

  • These may be called the cringing canvass and the flouting canvass.

    Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.

  • They recall cringing when a customer noticed she was pregnant and put a hand on her tummy; they thought she'd deck the guy.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • I cringe when I hear some one refer to an Israeli as a Zionist and are using it as a radical Muslim hater uses Islamo-fascist; so I guess "cringing" goes both ways and Ron is correct.

    Banning some words HERE on This Website

  • The explanatory name of the Holy Lordships [Dominions] denotes a certain unslavish elevation ... superior to every kind of cringing slavery, indomitable to every subserviency, and elevated above every dissimularity, ever aspiring to the true Lordship and source of Lordship ....

    Bygone Beliefs

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