cringing

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cringe \Cringe\ (kr[i^]nj), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Cringed} (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cringing}.] [As. crincgan, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.

When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions. --Bunyan.

Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored Heaven's awful monarch? --Milton.

Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing. --Arbuthnot.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cringing

adjective

1: totally submissive [syn: {cringing}, {groveling}, {grovelling}, {wormlike}, {wormy}]


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