Definitions of cringing

  1. Having the habit of one who cringes. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. shrinking or flinching in fear Scrapingweb Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for cringing

  1. " All shall be faithfully executed," said the ceremonious man, cringing to Rodin, as the coach drove quickly away. – The Wandering Jew, Book II. by Eugene Sue
  2. It was so expressive of surprise, of scorn, of contempt, although spoken in little more than a whisper, that every one in the room caught his or her breath in a sharp little gasp, as if cringing from the effect of an unexpected shock to a sensitive nerve. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon