cringeworthy

adjective
cringe·​wor·​thy | \ ˈkrinj-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce cringeworthy (audio) \

Definition of cringeworthy

: so embarrassing, awkward, or upsetting as to cause one to cringe a cringeworthy performance

Examples of cringeworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This video is either top-tier bait from an amateur content creator trying to pierce the mainstream or one of the most cringeworthy defenses of Eminem to date. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, "Gen Z Wants To Cancel Eminem. His Millennial Fans Should Be Proud," 12 Mar. 2021 Her approximations of working-class speech are also cringeworthy. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Polite Rage of Shirley Hazzard," 19 Feb. 2021 This is why social media can be so cringeworthy—it’s full of people accidentally revealing themselves. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, "Lauren Oyler on Marxism and Skin Care," 9 Jan. 2021 The film's first cringeworthy scene came during a game of charades when an apprehensive Meredith is forced to play, only for Amy to accuse her of pointing to Patrick, the one Black person in the room, when giving a clue. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "A holiday diamond in the rough: An oral history of The Family Stone," 16 Nov. 2020 Shortly after the engagement was announced, Twitter detectives unearthed what appeared to be cringeworthy tweets from Ehrich's Twitter account. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Why Is Demi Lovato’s Ex Starting So Much Drama?," 29 Sep. 2020 Some of these fictional exchanges below are laughable but most are cringeworthy. Mimi Madrid, The Denver Post, "Madrid: Here’s why you should peel that “native” bumper sticker off your truck," 15 Mar. 2020 More of a study in anthropology than anything else, this eccentric museum displays some of the most revolting, cringeworthy food and drink from cultures around the world. Washington Post, "Fresh, local and unpretentious: A Swedish city with a stirring culinary scene," 31 Jan. 2020 As for Golding, his most cringeworthy audition was for a commercial as well — one where he was asked to dance. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Last Christmas Stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding Relive Their Most Cringeworthy Auditions," 29 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cringeworthy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cringeworthy

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cringeworthy

Time Traveler for cringeworthy

Time Traveler

The first known use of cringeworthy was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cringeworthy

Last Updated

16 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cringeworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cringeworthy. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on cringeworthy

What made you want to look up cringeworthy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!