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Early on, I found the attention completely embarrassing. I'd cringe if I saw my picture on the cover of a magazine.
Julie Christie

Meaning of "cringe" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CRINGE

Old English cringan to yield in battle; related to Old Norse krangr weak, Middle High German krenken to weaken.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CRINGE

cringe  [krɪndʒ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CRINGE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Cringe is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb cringe in English.

WHAT DOES CRINGE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of cringe in the English dictionary

The first definition of cringe in the dictionary is to shrink or flinch, esp in fear or servility. Other definition of cringe is to behave in a servile or timid way. Cringe is also to wince in embarrassment or distaste.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CRINGE

PRESENT

Present
I cringe
you cringe
he/she/it cringes
we cringe
you cringe
they cringe
Present continuous
I am cringing
you are cringing
he/she/it is cringing
we are cringing
you are cringing
they are cringing
Present perfect
I have cringed
you have cringed
he/she/it has cringed
we have cringed
you have cringed
they have cringed
Present perfect continuous
I have been cringing
you have been cringing
he/she/it has been cringing
we have been cringing
you have been cringing
they have been cringing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I cringed
you cringed
he/she/it cringed
we cringed
you cringed
they cringed
Past continuous
I was cringing
you were cringing
he/she/it was cringing
we were cringing
you were cringing
they were cringing
Past perfect
I had cringed
you had cringed
he/she/it had cringed
we had cringed
you had cringed
they had cringed
Past perfect continuous
I had been cringing
you had been cringing
he/she/it had been cringing
we had been cringing
you had been cringing
they had been cringing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will cringe
you will cringe
he/she/it will cringe
we will cringe
you will cringe
they will cringe
Future continuous
I will be cringing
you will be cringing
he/she/it will be cringing
we will be cringing
you will be cringing
they will be cringing
Future perfect
I will have cringed
you will have cringed
he/she/it will have cringed
we will have cringed
you will have cringed
they will have cringed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been cringing
you will have been cringing
he/she/it will have been cringing
we will have been cringing
you will have been cringing
they will have been cringing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would cringe
you would cringe
he/she/it would cringe
we would cringe
you would cringe
they would cringe
Conditional continuous
I would be cringing
you would be cringing
he/she/it would be cringing
we would be cringing
you would be cringing
they would be cringing
Conditional perfect
I would have cringe
you would have cringe
he/she/it would have cringe
we would have cringe
you would have cringe
they would have cringe
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been cringing
you would have been cringing
he/she/it would have been cringing
we would have been cringing
you would have been cringing
they would have been cringing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you cringe
we let´s cringe
you cringe
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to cringe
Past participle
cringed
Present Participle
cringing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CRINGE


arrange
əˈreɪndʒ
astringe
əˈstrɪndʒ
befringe
bɪˈfrɪndʒ
challenge
ˈtʃælɪndʒ
change
tʃeɪndʒ
constringe
kənˈstrɪndʒ
dinge
dɪndʒ
exchange
ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ
fringe
frɪndʒ
grange
ɡreɪndʒ
hinge
hɪndʒ
infringe
ɪnˈfrɪndʒ
mange
meɪndʒ
orange
ˈɒrɪndʒ
perstringe
pəˈstrɪndʒ
range
reɪndʒ
restringe
rɪˈstrɪndʒ
springe
sprɪndʒ
strange
streɪndʒ
syringe
ˈsɪrɪndʒ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CRINGE

crinal
crinate
crine
cringe-making
cringeling
cringer
cringeworthy
cringing
cringingly
cringle
crinicultural
crinigerous
crinite
crinkle
crinkle-cut
crinkled
crinkleroot
crinklies
crinkly
crinkum-crankum

WORDS THAT END LIKE CRINGE

accinge
binge
bullion fringe
butt hinge
cultural cringe
ginge
Hardinge
hypodermic syringe
impinge
lunatic fringe
minge
singe
strap hinge
swinge
the cultural cringe
tinge
twinge
unhinge
whinge
winge

Synonyms and antonyms of cringe in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CRINGE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «cringe» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of cringe
bend · blench · bootlick · bow · brown-nose · cower · crawl · creep · crouch · fawn · flinch · grovel · kneel · kowtow · quail · quiver · recoil · shrink · shy · sneak · squirm · start · stoop · toady · tremble · truckle · wince · writhe

Translation of «cringe» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CRINGE

Find out the translation of cringe to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of cringe from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «cringe» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

感到局促不安
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

encogerse
570 millions of speakers

English

cringe
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

चापलूसी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تذلل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

съежиться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

encolher-se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ধামা ধরা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

avoir un mouvement de recul
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Semangat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zusammenzucken
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

すくむ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

움찔하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cringe
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sợ sệt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பயந்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कातरणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yaltaklanmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

morire di vergogna
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

warować
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

скулитися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

piti
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μαζεύομαι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vleien
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hukar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

cringe
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of cringe

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CRINGE»

The term «cringe» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.236 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CRINGE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about cringe

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10 QUOTES WITH «CRINGE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word cringe.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Successful fiction does not need to be validated by 'real life'; I cringe whenever a writer is asked how much of a novel is 'real'.
2
Peter Andre
I cringe when I watch myself on TV.
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Oona Chaplin
Watching yourself on screen is always a little weird, but I didn't cringe when I saw myself on 'The Hour.' It actually exceeded my expectations; every shot looks like a vintage postcard and even my most brutally honest friends have said they think it's good.
4
Julie Christie
Early on, I found the attention completely embarrassing. I'd cringe if I saw my picture on the cover of a magazine.
5
Benjamin Cohen
When I look back at the way that I was in that documentary I cringe.
6
Embeth Davidtz
The smartest people I know have that extra edge. The risk is always there that you'll look terribly undignified and slobbering, and inside I cringe about that, but I should be more aggressive.
7
Steve Forbert
I don't cringe when I think of doing old material. A lot of the people have been with me through the years.
8
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
I have a hard time watching the shows now. It is like opening up a yearbook when you were in junior high. I think everybody looks back at their photos and cringe, and I get to experience it with everybody else in the world looking at mine.
9
Margaret Haddix
There's something about each of my books that I'm really proud of, and there's something about each of my books that I cringe over.
10
Christina Hendricks
I would hope that people didn't think I was anything like Joan! It's very hard for me because Joan says such cruel things all the time. It sort of makes me cringe every time I read them because I think, 'Who could be so horrible?' To be able to deliver those lines and do them with a coolness, yet still make her likable, is a bit of a challenge.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CRINGE»

Discover the use of cringe in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to cringe and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, ...
Reproductions of journal pages inspired by the monthly diary reading series in New York City captures a world of adolescent angst and musings, accompanied by commentary from the now-adult contributors.
Sarah Brown, 2008
2
Chuckle and Cringe: SpongeBob's Book of Embarrassing Stories
SpongeBob and his fellow residents of Bikini Bottom retell embarrassing moments.
David Lewman, 2007
3
On the Cultural Cringe
Describes Australia's subservience to British cultural values, and debates Australian culture, society and identity.
A. A. Phillips, 2006
4
Cringe
But he doesn't have any real paintings left! The spell must be broken and soon! A book containing subtle references to the work of Belgian surrealist Ren Magritte, the illustrations are full of clever and amusing details.
Brown Sarah, Sarah Brown, Dr, 2009
5
Cringe!
OK, so how would you like to be nearly thirteen, immensely talented, funny and stylish - and stuck in the Flowerdew family?
Caroline Plaisted, Cherry Whytock, 2003
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A Cringe-Meister in the Bathos-Sphere
The title of this novel is “A Cringe-Meister in the Bathos-Sphere.” It comes from a line by the poet Ron Silliman. On his blog a few months ago, he linked to a poem that he did not particularly enjoy and the name of the link was “A CringeMeister ...
Jason Earls, 2010
7
The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple: 500 Tips for ...
So how do you avoid the epic cluster of drama that can result when awkward situations are handled badly? You read this book.
Donna Smallin, 2011
8
Another Look at the Cultural Cringe
Paper which examines the notion of the Australian cultural cringe, a phrase coined by A A Phillips in the context of imaginative literature and since generalised to describe the whole Australian experience.
L. J. Hume, 1993
9
Documentary's Awkward Turn: Cringe Comedy and Media ...
Documentary's Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats.
Jason Middleton, 2013
10
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: (Tales from a Life of ...
Lauren Weedman's hilarious essays read like a compendium of what not to do as a fully-realized, functional adult.
Lauren Weedman, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CRINGE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term cringe is used in the context of the following news items.
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The avalanche of cringe in 'Force Majeur'
When a crisis hits, it's hard to say how any of us will react. Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), a handsome alpha-male type, has managed to drag ... «The Japan Times, Jul 15»
2
Portlanders Share Their Cringe-iest Fashion Show Horror Stories
The city's top fashion show producers share some horrible experiences with thoughtless audience members—and recommend some etiquette ... «Portland Monthly, Jul 15»
3
The cringe-free guide to team building
Your most valuable asset is right under your nose. It's not your customers, it's not your product or service - it's your staff. Head down, focussed ... «Bdaily, Jul 15»
4
This government rap video about workplace pensions is making …
A rap video produced by a government department to advertise workplace pensions is making people cringe across the country. It show young ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
5
The Read Option: Cowherd + Harbaugh = cringe-worthy radio
You know how it goes when you're witness to an awkward moment, and you can't manage to pull your eyes away from it? That was the case for ... «Springfield News-Leader, Jul 15»
6
Why shark experts cringe during July 4 holiday
The Fourth of July, as well as Memorial Day and Labor Day, are cringe-worthy celebrations for many shark researchers. They know that while ... «Palm Beach Post, Jul 15»
7
Review: Comedy 'The Overnight' hits awkward truths
"The Overnight" is one of those cringe comedies that come to truth through awkward misunderstanding and outlandish behavior. It looks a lot ... «The Detroit News, Jul 15»
8
Residents cringe over conditions at James Mason Pool bathroom in …
Residents cringe over conditions at James Mason Pool bathroom in Harlem. 1 / 3. Images taken at the James Mason Pool bathroom show ... «newszap.com, Jul 15»
9
Sunburn 'Art' Makes Experts Cringe
But experts cringe at the practice warning that any sunburn can lead to damage and increased chance of skin cancer. “This is where popular ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
10
Anne McElvoy: How email became just another cringe factor of office …
In the beginning was the email. What an innovation — a way to send instant prompts to colleagues, messages of succour to the afflicted and ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Cringe [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/cringe>. Jul 2019 ».
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