how to pronounce cringe


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the above transcription of cringe is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

cringe is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of cringe in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… night I did not cringe at that one is to …”

meanings of cringe


  1. A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
  2. An embarrassing event or situation which causes an onlooker to cringe.
  3. A crick.
  4. Someone or something that is cringy.
  5. A servile obeisance.


  1. To bow or crouch in servility.
  2. To shrink, cower, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
  3. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.


  1. Cringy; cringeworthy; cringe-inducing.

cringe frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word cringe occurs in english on average 4.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics cringe can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that cringe can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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