from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
- intransitive v. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
- n. An act or instance of cringing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
- n. A crick.
- v. To bow or crouch in servility.
- v. To shrink, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility.
- transitive v. To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.
- transitive v. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend; crouch; especially, to bend or crouch with servility or from fear or cowardice; fawn; cower.
- Synonyms To stoop, truckle.
- To contract; distort.
- n. A servile or fawning obeisance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show submission or fear
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
What makes me cringe is the wanton mis-use of “have”, plus the non-use of it when required: “I seen my friends at Walmarts yestidday” is a common phrase here.
One thing that makes me cringe is seeing politicians from the mainstream parties acting as apologists for BNP voters.
The cringe is a successful technique for deflecting aggression … Just as we are genetically programmed to seek signs of love and loyalty, dogs are genetically programmed to exploit this foible of ours.
On its website, however, the cultural cringe is evident and double standards obtain.
He said he would never again cringe before his father.
The cringe is a successful technique for deflecting aggression.
Hence the term "cringe" - you cringe at the use of the tech but you still watch.
There are moments where I feel like I’m one of those movie moments that were someone else to view me, they’d cringe from the sappiness.
It’s easy to laugh at the stupid marketing and vapid articles about yummy mummies, but what makes me cringe is realizing that “educated” people are writing that copy and thinking that we plebes are going eat it up.
I can't hear a word and cringe inwardly before awkwardly requesting a replay.