Cringe



[krinj] /krɪndʒ/

verb (used without object), cringed, cringing.
1.
to shrink, bend, or crouch, especially in fear or servility; cower.
2.
to fawn.
noun
3.
servile or fawning deference.
/krɪndʒ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to shrink or flinch, esp in fear or servility
2.
to behave in a servile or timid way
3.
(informal)

noun
4.
the act of cringing
5.
(Austral) the cultural cringe, subservience to overseas cultural standards
v.

early 13c., from causative of Old English cringan “give way, fall (in battle), become bent,” from Proto-Germanic *krank- “bend, curl up” (cf. Old Norse kringr, Dutch kring, German Kring “circle, ring”). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s.

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