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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Cringe


CRINGE, verb transitive [G.] Properly, to shrink; to contract; to draw together; a popular use of the word. [Vulgarly, scringe.]

You see him cringe his face.

CRINGE, verb intransitive To bow; to bend with servility; to fawn; to make court by mean compliances.

Flatterers are always bowing and cringing.

CRINGE, noun A bow; servile civility.