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 Styles has put together an album that's so solid, even moments that would be cringeworthy when handled by lesser pop stars feel earned. Maura Johnston,, 16 May 2022 Some of those attacks have been more successful than others, but most are more cringeworthy than anything. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 Mar. 2022 Each moment is more cringeworthy than the next and distracts from his core message. Kenneth L. Khachigian, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Her descriptions of homosexual relations behind the prison walls are cringeworthy to contemporary ears. Andy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2022 To her credit, Lasley does not paint a rosy self-portrait – her actions and feelings are often cringeworthy and embarrassing, and laying herself out bare like that is no small feat. Alicia Lutes, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 The second season of HBO Max’s Love Life explores some of the most cringeworthy aspects of singledom. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 26 Oct. 2021 Pence has a long and often cringeworthy record of devotion. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 One feat toward the end is particularly cringeworthy. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cringeworthy

1977, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Cringeworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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