cringey

adjective
\ ˈkrin-jē How to pronounce cringey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cringe-y or cringy

Definition of cringey

informal
: 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 also : 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

First Known Use of cringey

1986, in the meaning defined above

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“Cringey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cringey. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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