Thesaurus

cringing

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of cringing

(Entry 1 of 2)

as in shrinking, cowering

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for cringing

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for cringing

cringing

verb
present participle of cringe

Synonyms & Antonyms of cringing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust
  • gruesome crime scene photos that made several jurors cringe

Synonyms for cringing

Words Related to cringing

Near Antonyms for cringing

2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission
  • the puppy cringed when his master raised the rolled-up newspaper

Synonyms for cringing

Words Related to cringing

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About cringing

Thesaurus Entries Near cringing

cringes (at)

cringing

cringing (at)

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Cringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cringing. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on cringing

Nglish: Translation of cringing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cringing for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!