Synonyms for cringe:
Sense 1 (noun)
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 3 (noun)
flinch, recoil from danger (verb)
Other synonyms and related words:
bounce, brownnose, cotton, mouse, blush, backfire, prickle, sneak, truckle, slaver, shrivel up, kotow, kowtow, crouch, blench, shout, kick back, start, resile, worship, squirm, ricochet, bootlick, tremble, toady, hyperventilate, tremor, start back, bound, reduce, shrivel, contract, apple-polish, wither, take a hop, flatter, shy, cower.
Usage examples for cringe:
- " Suppose I don't cringe," said the outcast, dropping the fawning tone of the mendicant for the threatening ferocity of the social wolf; " you'd better give me a trifle to keep body and soul together for the next few weeks. - "Charlotte's Inheritance", M. E. Braddon.
- " Yes," answered Beck, with the cringe habitual to him. - "Lucretia, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
- It is this dread that makes him so emaciated- hesitate when he speaks, and bend his back and shoulders into a constant cringe. - "The Italians", Frances Elliot.