cringe·​wor·​thy ˈkrinj-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce cringeworthy (audio)
: 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 includes the many cringeworthy moments that arise after the author decides to join the obnoxious band of NFT flaunters called the Bored Ape Yacht Club. Byjeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 12 Sep. 2023 But few can recount as many cringeworthy attempts as Riley Collins. Angela Yang, NBC News, 3 Sep. 2023 Hochul went to considerable lengths on LaSalle’s behalf despite the chorus of rejection—sometimes to cringeworthy effect. Raina Lipsitz, The New Republic, 1 May 2023 No doubt much of the foundational rhetoric of Web 2.0 is cringeworthy in the harsh light of 2023. Tim Hwang, WIRED, 11 July 2023 Excruciating silences and cringeworthy conversations act as magnifying glasses on the social contract, inviting us to pore over its fine print. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 The typical politician starting his career in local government would probably not take on reforming the city’s nudity law, particularly if his last name lends itself to cringeworthy puns. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Awkward moments — including cringeworthy facial expressions — generated negative headlines. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 24 May 2023 Huggins had repeatedly embarrassed the university – from his players regularly landing on the police blotter to his bullying of athletic department underlings to his dumb comments to the cringeworthy video footage of his DUI arrest. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 9 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cringeworthy was in 1977

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“Cringeworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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