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

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Thursday Look, we were all teenagers once, filled with enough angst to write pages on pages of cringeworthy diary entries, poems, love letters, artwork and songs. Danika Worthington, The Know, "17 things to do at Denver PrideFest, from drag queen brunch to block parties," 12 June 2019 The emotional depths here far outweigh Jed's earlier week 4 date and his cringeworthy admission. Ariana Romero,, "Tyler Cameron Just Became The Bachelorette’s Front-Runner — Here's How," 6 June 2019 While Williams' washing machine hamper hack seems borderline clever, the idea of darks, lights and possibly dry-clean only clothes being mixed and washed together is a bit cringeworthy. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "Wendy Williams's Alternative to Using a Hamper Is...Weird," 16 May 2019 Large Position Auto Bottom Top Sample Caption Text 0:00 0:00 0:00 But there’s also a purity to the song that renders it equally cringeworthy and endearing. Jaya Saxena, GQ, ""Two Princes" Is the World's Catchiest Punchline," 23 May 2018 When former View host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to the show to talk about her new book Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom, Joy and Meghan had a rather cringeworthy exchange on air. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Star Joy Behar Take a Major Dig at Meghan McCain on Tuesday's Show," 27 Mar. 2019 Just when everyone thought things couldn't get any more cringeworthy, contestant Abby Kasch stepped onto The Voice stage for her Blind Audition. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 This week, one of her particularly cringeworthy exchanges is going viral. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Jenna Coleman's Most Embarrassing Moment Is So Relatable," 19 Feb. 2019 Christina El Moussa is the first to admit that working with an ex is, well ... awkward and naturally, tension between the couple made for incredibly cringeworthy TV during the season 7 premiere of their HGTV show Flip or Flop. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Tarek El Moussa Will Film Season 8 Of Flip Or Flop," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cringeworthy

1977, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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