Synonyms of cringe in English:


See definition of cringe


1‘I cringe in terror every time I have to face him’


cower, shrink, draw back, pull back, recoil, start, shy, shy away, wince, flinch, blench, blanch, dodge, duck, crouch, shudder, shake, tremble, quiver, quail, quake

get cold feet

2‘it makes me cringe when I think how stupid I was’


wince, squirm, blush, flush, go red

feel embarrassed, feel ashamed, feel sheepish, feel mortified, wince with embarrassment

3‘he was always cringing to the queen’


kowtow, bow and scrape, grovel, creep, crawl, toady, fawn, truckle, cower

be servile towards, be sycophantic towards, dance attendance on, ingratiate oneself with, curry favour with

flatter, woo, pay court to, get round

informal suck up to, make up to, lick someone's boots, be all over, fall all over, sweet-talk, soft-soap, brown-nose

archaic blandish