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cringe - Dictionary definition and meaning for word cringe

(verb) draw back, as with fear or pain
Synonyms : flinch , funk , quail , recoil , shrink , squinch , wince
Example Sentence
  • she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

(verb) show submission or fear
Synonyms : cower , crawl , creep , fawn , grovel

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for cringe

SYRINGE...the child CRINGEd at the sight of the doctor holding a syringe. Cringed with laughter
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by userdce

cri....very close to word CRY....so you CRY when you shrink in fear.
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by preetisoni2411

clothes ringe in atomatic machines so they shrink
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by mohit.minocha

cringe: cri(criminal) + nge(age): criminal becomes age so he is in fear of young boys.
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by shaktipada

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