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5 definitions found
 for cringe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cringe \Cringe\ (kr[i^]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cringed
     (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.] [As. crincgan,
     cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.]
     To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend
     or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court
     in a degrading manner; to fawn.
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           When they were come up to the place where the lions
           were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe
           behind, for they were afraid of the lions. --Bunyan.
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           Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou
           Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored
           Heaven's awful monarch?                  --Milton.
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           Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cringe \Cringe\, v. t.
     To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle;
     to distort. [Obs.]
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           Till like a boy you see him cringe his face,
           And whine aloud for mercy.               --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cringe \Cringe\, n.
     Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear
     or servility. "With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious."
     --Cowper.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cringe
      v 1: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
           showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch,
           squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil,
           quail]
      2: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep,
         cringe, cower, grovel]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "cringe":
     apple-polish, avoid, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to,
     blench, blink, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow to,
     brown-nose, cower, crawl, creep, cringe to, croodle, crouch,
     crouch before, curtsy, defer, do homage, do obeisance, dodge,
     draw back, draw in, duck, eat dirt, evade, fade, fall back, fawn,
     flatter, flinch, funk, genuflect, get down, grovel, hang back,
     hunch, hunch down, jib, kneel, kneel to, knuckle to, kowtow,
     lick the dust, lickspittle, pull back, pull in, pull out, quail,
     quiver, recoil, reel back, retract, retreat, scrouch down,
     sheer off, shrink, shrink back, shy, sidestep, skulk, slaver,
     slink, sneak, squat, start aside, start back, stoop, swerve,
     toadeat, toady, tremble, truckle, truckle to, turn aside, wallow,
     weasel, weasel out, welter, wince, withdraw
  
  

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