verb (used without object), cringed, cringing.
to shrink, bend, or crouch, especially in fear or servility; cower.
servile or fawning deference.
to shrink or flinch, esp in fear or servility
to behave in a servile or timid way
the act of cringing
(Austral) the cultural cringe, subservience to overseas cultural standards
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.
[kring-guh l] /ˈkrɪŋ gəl/ noun, Nautical. 1. an eye or grommet formed on the boltrope of a sail to permit the attachment of lines. /ˈkrɪŋɡəl/ noun 1. an eye at the edge of a sail, usually formed from a thimble or grommet
[kring-kuh l] /ˈkrɪŋ kəl/ verb (used with or without object), crinkled, crinkling. 1. to wrinkle; crimple; ripple. 2. to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle. 3. to turn or wind in many little bends and twists. noun 4. a wrinkle or ripple. 5. a crinkling sound. 6. a turn or twist. /ˈkrɪŋkəl/ verb 1. to form […]
noun, Plant Pathology. 1. a disease of plants, characterized by puckering, mottling, and distortion of the leaves, caused by any of several viruses.
/ˈkrɪŋkəlˌruːt/ noun 1. any of several species of the toothwort Dentaria, esp D. diphylla of E North America, which has a fleshy pungent rhizome and clusters of white or pinkish flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)