1. cringe

verb. ['ˈkrɪndʒ'] draw back, as with fear or pain.


  • recoil
  • shrink
  • quail
  • funk
  • flinch
  • squinch
  • wince
  • move
  • retract


  • increase
  • stretch
  • expand
  • elation

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Rhymes with Cringe

  • infringe
  • unhinge
  • impinge
  • twinge
  • syringe
  • klinge
  • fringe
  • winge
  • vinje
  • tinge
  • singe
  • minge
  • hinge
  • binge

How do you pronounce cringe?

Pronounce cringe as krɪnʤ.

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Sentences with cringe

1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If you cringe at the idea, you're not alone in the business world.

2. Verb, base form
While you may cringe a little, pushups are an excellent way to strengthen your upper-body muscles.

3. Noun, singular or mass
The chemical makeup of cigarettes is enough to make anyone cringe.

Quotes about cringe

1. I am not very comfortable about dancing at weddings and New Year parties. Maybe it's because of the way I have been brought up; I wouldn't want my family to feel that cringe moment. Dance is an art for me.
- Deepika Padukone

2. Okay. Then...I can talk. Ask me something.""Okay."He laughs shakily in my ear. "Why is your heart racing Tris?"I cringe and say, "Well, I...I barely know you. I barely know you and I'm crammed up against you in a box, Four, what do you think?"..."Maybe you were cut out for Candor,"he says, "because you're a terrible liar.
- Veronica Roth, Divergent

3. Of course, everyone's parents are embarrassing. It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing, just as it is the nature of children of a certain age to cringe with embarrassment, shame, and mortification should their parents so much as speak to them on the street.
- Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

2. cringe

verb. ['ˈkrɪndʒ'] show submission or fear.


  • fawn
  • grovel
  • creep
  • bend
  • flex
  • cower


  • descend
  • linger
  • recede
  • ride