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Meaning of CRINGE

Pronunciation:  krinj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
  2. [v]  show submission or fear

CRINGE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cower, crawl, creep, fawn, flinch, funk, grovel, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
 See Also: bend, flex, move, retract, shrink back



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cringe\ (kr?nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crnged} (kr?njd);
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Cringing}.] [As. crincgang, 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.
          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.
          Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou Once fawned and
          cringed, and servilely adored Heaven's awful monarch?
          Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing.
  2. \Cringe\, v. t.
    To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle;
    to distort. [Obs.]
          Till like a boy you see him cringe his face, And whine
          aloud for mercy.                         --Shak.
  3. \Cringe\, n.
    Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear
    or servility. ``With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious.''
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