Cringed
Cringe Cringe (kr[i^]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cringed} (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cringing}.] [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] 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. [1913 Webster]

When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored Heaven's awful monarch? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cring´ing|ly — cringe «krihnj», verb, cringed, cring|ing, noun. –v.i. 1. to shrink from danger or pain; crouch in fear: »The dog cringed at the sight of the whip. SYNONYM(S): cower. 2. to try to get favor by slavish attention or behavior: »The courtiers cringed …   Useful english dictionary

  • cring´er — cringe «krihnj», verb, cringed, cring|ing, noun. –v.i. 1. to shrink from danger or pain; crouch in fear: »The dog cringed at the sight of the whip. SYNONYM(S): cower. 2. to try to get favor by slavish attention or behavior: »The courtiers cringed …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cringe — (kr[i^]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cringed} (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cringing}.] [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] To draw one s self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cringing — Cringe Cringe (kr[i^]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cringed} (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cringing}.] [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] To draw one s self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cringe — I. intransitive verb (cringed; cringing) Etymology: Middle English crengen; akin to Old English cringan to yield, Middle High German krank weak Date: 13th century 1. to draw in or contract one s muscles involuntarily (as from cold or pain) 2. to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cringe — [krındʒ] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Perhaps from [i]Old English cringan to give up ] 1.) to move away from someone or something because you are afraid ▪ A stray dog was cringing by the door. ▪ She cringed away from him. 2.) to feel embarrassed… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cringe — I UK [krɪndʒ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms cringe : present tense I/you/we/they cringe he/she/it cringes present participle cringing past tense cringed past participle cringed 1) to move back slightly from something that is unpleasant or… …   English dictionary

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