Meaning of cringe

cringe

Pronunciation: (krinj), [key]
— v., n. cringed, cring•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to shrink, bend, or crouch, esp. in fear or servility; cower.
  2. to fawn.
—n.
  1. servile or fawning deference.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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