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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cringe mean? 

CRINGE (verb)
  The verb CRINGE has 2 senses:

1. draw back, as with fear or pain
2. show submission or fear

  Familiarity information: CRINGE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CRINGE (verb)

Sense 1cringe [BACK TO TOP]


Draw back, as with fear or pain

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


cringe; wince; recoil; quail; funk; flinch; shrink; squinch

Context example:

she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

Hypernyms (to "cringe" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cringe"):

retract; shrink back (pull away from a source of disgust or fear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 2cringe [BACK TO TOP]


Show submission or fear

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


fawn; grovel; cringe; cower; creep; crawl

Hypernyms (to "cringe" is one way to...):

bend; flex (form a curve)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

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