Definition of cringeling in English:

cringeling

adjective

rare
  • Cringing; servile. rare.

noun

rare
  • A cringing or servile person, a sycophant; a coward.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Urquhart (1611–1660), author and translator. From cringe + -ling. The use as adjective probably arose from the use as noun, and hence probably implies earlier currency of the noun.

Pronunciation

cringeling

/ˈkrɪn(d)ʒlɪŋ/