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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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 But what made Monday's episode so incredibly cringeworthy is that the rescinding happened about 50 minutes before the three-hour window of TV came to an end. Justin Kirkland, USA TODAY, "Is it time to stop watching 'The Bachelor?'," 6 Mar. 2018 Errors at schools that pride themselves on teaching writing skills are most cringeworthy, graduates say. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Nice Degree, but Your Diploma Gets an ‘F’ for Spelling," 19 Aug. 2018 There are cringeworthy moments, and not just that famous footage from her 1972 trip to North Vietnam, of Fonda paling around with the enemy troops and laughing her way through a photo op astride one of their anti-aircraft guns. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In A New HBO Documentary, A Tale of Five Jane Fondas," 21 Sep. 2018 Many moments during the October 11 meeting between rapper Kanye West and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House could be described as cringeworthy — strange, even. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West Is What Internalized Racism and Misogyny Looks Like," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cringeworthy

1977, in the meaning defined above

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