: tending to cause one to cringe (as out of embarrassment or discomfort) : cringeworthy
By the end of the book Ford has run through at least eight motels/hotels/tepees … and five cringey references to "making love": it can wear a person out.—Susannah Meadows Not every moment of my freshman college experience has been cringey.—Juliette Carey Even though parts of Trudeau's speech may feel cringe-y to some Canadians, it's pretty understandable how an American audience could feel thirsty for a leader preaching "friendship" and "love."—Allison Tierney
: inclined to cringe
The things I've written that make me cringe … . I feel cringey whenever I read passionate old essays of mine. —Elizabeth Gilbert
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