Definition of cringey in US English:

cringey

(also cringy)

adjective

informal
  • 1Causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness.

    ‘one of his cringey attempts at camaraderie’
    ‘cringey sex scenes’
  • 2Servile or timid; cringing.

    ‘he was cringey and smarmy when Carstairs was there and called him all sorts of horrible names when he wasn't’
    ‘they are fearful of losing their jobs, cringey to their bosses and to those in power’
    obsequious, sycophantic, excessively deferential, subservient, fawning, toadying, ingratiating, unctuous, oily, oleaginous, greasy, grovelling, cringing, toadyish, slavish, abject, craven, humble, uriah heepish, self-abasing
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted
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Pronunciation

cringey

/ˈkrinjē//ˈkrɪndʒi/