cringe

  • 1Cringe — Cringe, v. t. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Till like a boy you see him cringe his face, And whine aloud for mercy. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Cringe — Cringe, n. Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3Cringe — (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

  • 4cringe — [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

  • 5cringe — cringe·ling; cringe; …

    English syllables

  • 6cringe — index truckle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7cringe — early 13c., from causative of O.E. cringan give way, fall (in battle), become bent, from P.Gmc. *krank bend, curl up (Cf. O.N. kringr, Du. kring, Ger. Kring circle, ring ). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8cringe — cower, truckle, *fawn, toady Analogous words: *recoil, quail, flinch, blench, wince: bow, cave, *yield, submit, defer …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9cringe — meaning ‘to shrink back in fear’, has inflected forms cringed, cringing …

    Modern English usage

  • 10cringe — [v] flinch, recoil from danger blench, cower, crawl, crouch, dodge, draw back, duck, eat dirt, grovel, kneel, quail, quiver, shrink, shy, start, stoop, tremble, wince; concepts 188,195 Ant. come forward …

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  • 11cringe — ► VERB (cringing) 1) bend one s head and body in fear or in a servile manner. 2) have a sudden feeling of embarrassment or disgust. ► NOUN ▪ an act of cringing. ORIGIN from an Old English word meaning «bend, yield, fall in battle»; related to… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12cringe — [krinj] vi. cringed, cringing [ME crengen (with nasalized vowel as in HINGE), caus. < OE cringan, to fall (in battle): for IE base see CRADLE] 1. to draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13cringe — 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

  • 14cringe — 1. noun /ˈkɹɪndʒ/lang=en a) A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling. He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk. b) A crick. 2. verb /ˈkɹɪndʒ/lang=en …

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  • 15cringe — verb (I) 1 to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are afraid or in pain: The dog cringed and whimpered when the tall man appeared. 2 to feel embarrassed by something that seems stupid: I cringe when I think what I… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16cringe — cringe1 [ krındʒ ] verb intransitive 1. ) to move back slightly from something that is unpleasant or frightening 2. ) to feel embarrassed or ashamed about something cringe cringe 2 [ krındʒ ] noun count 1. ) a quick slight movement away from… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17cringe — [13] Like crank, cringe appears to come ultimately from a prehistoric Germanic base *krank whose original meaning was ‘bend’ or ‘curl up’. This produced an Old English verb crincan ‘fall in battle, yield’ (the association of ‘curling up’ and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18cringe — [13] Like crank, cringe appears to come ultimately from a prehistoric Germanic base *krank whose original meaning was ‘bend’ or ‘curl up’. This produced an Old English verb crincan ‘fall in battle, yield’ (the association of ‘curling up’ and… …

    Word origins

  • 19cringe — Synonyms and related words: apple polish, avoid, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, blench, blink, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow to, brown nose, cower, crawl, creep, cringe to, croodle, crouch, crouch before, curtsy,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20cringe — [[t]krɪ̱nʤ[/t]] cringes, cringing, cringed VERB If you cringe at something, you feel embarrassed or disgusted, and perhaps show this feeling in your expression or by making a slight movement. Molly had cringed when Ann started picking up the… …

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