Definition of cringeworthy in US English:

cringeworthy

adjective

informal
  • Causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness.

    ‘the play's cast was excellent, but the dialogue was unforgivably cringeworthy’
    • ‘Makes for some tacky, cringeworthy, infomercial-like television.’
    • ‘Thankfully, there is now a reasonable story line, though the mythical names are ridiculous and the dialogue is cringeworthy.’
    • ‘Sometimes even the best writers commit to paper intimate thoughts that are cringeworthy when reread.’
    • ‘She is, for lack of a better word, cringeworthy.’
    • ‘It was cringeworthy football, played almost entirely in the middle third of the pitch and the only good point is that the fans will have easily erased the first half from their memory, because there wasn't anything to remember.’
    • ‘The rehearsal scenes saw him perform the obligatory and cringeworthy tortured-genius-kicks-chair-over routine.’
    • ‘Most of his ‘jokes’ were so cringeworthy that they made all the insects in my house curl up into tight little balls and die.’
    • ‘Is there anything more cringeworthy than a series of unfunny childhood anecdotes and blatant sexual references strung together in a monotone drawl?’
    • ‘At times, her pained face is so pathetic and real, it's cringeworthy.’
    • ‘There were so many cringeworthy moments in this vomit-fest.’
    • ‘I'm afraid it sounds pretty cringeworthy to me.’
    • ‘But cringeworthy campaigns such as this aren't going to convince anyone to pick up the phone and seek out further information.’
    • ‘He's SO cringeworthy, he's surpassed the point that defines comedy.’
    • ‘And as long as you can assure me that you won't be contributing to the already over-subscribed and utterly cringeworthy canon of ‘chick-lit’, I wish you the best of luck.’
    • ‘Most of the writing is cringeworthy, dull to read, lacking in direction and possesses little or no identity.’
    • ‘I am sure you can guess the verdict; jaw-dropping effects and cringeworthy dialogue.’
    • ‘I'm fortunate in never having worked with anyone who talks at length about their sex life. People I know have had colleagues like that, and it is truly cringeworthy.’
    • ‘Sure, the title is cringeworthy and the bonus comic-book insert, while a cool idea, isn't too impressive either.’
    • ‘Sometimes he can come up with a good quip on the spot, but other than that, he is pretty cringeworthy.’
    • ‘The performance was at times mildly amusing, at times cringeworthy and on one occasion convincing.’
    embarrassing, uncomfortable, unpleasant, delicate, ticklish, tricky, sensitive, problematic, problematical, troublesome, perplexing, thorny, vexatious
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Pronunciation

cringeworthy

/ˈkrɪn(d)ʒˌwərði//ˈkrin(d)ZHˌwərT͟Hē/