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Verb: cringe  krinj
  1. Draw back, as with fear or pain
    "she cringed when they showed the slaughtering of the calf";
    - flinch, squinch [N. Amer], funk, shrink, wince, recoil, quail, blench
  2. Show submission or fear
    - fawn, crawl, cower, grovel

Derived forms: cringed, cringing, cringes

Type of: bend, flex, move

Encyclopedia: Cringe