[krinj] /krɪndʒ/

verb (used without object), cringed, cringing.
to shrink, bend, or crouch, especially in fear or servility; cower.
to fawn.
servile or fawning deference.
verb (intransitive)
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.


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