Meaning of cringingly in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪndʒɪŋli/


  • 1In a servile or sycophantic way.

    ‘Carfax shrank cringingly to one side’
    • ‘"I'm not really sure I offered," she said cringingly, although she was glad she seemed to have been that first girl.’
    • ‘Carfax shrank cringingly to one side, and Monceux dismounted from his milk-white horse to meet his King.’
    1. 1.1 informal usually as submodifier So as to make one feel embarrassed or disgusted.
      • ‘their early performances were cringingly awkward’
      • ‘In an emotional scene where Maureen defends her bulimia, Pratt is cringingly bad.’
      • ‘To make matters worse, Mancuso was cringingly under-rehearsed on opening night, stopping the performance on at least seven counts to consult his script.’
      • ‘Time and again they chose unsuspecting members of an audience and embroiled them in wacky games or ludicrous, sometimes cringingly embarrassing, situations.’
      • ‘The inquiry website, on which more than 6,000 pages of documents - some cringingly private - have been posted, has become the most popular website in the UK.’
      • ‘He gave a speech that was arrogant, patronising, and cringingly politically correct.’
      • ‘Docherty was flattered and received florid correspondence praising his talents, something that most Scots might find cringingly embarrassing.’
      • ‘Despite this, many of the scenes between Jet and Seigl are brilliantly, cringingly drawn, getting to the nub of sibling psychodrama.’
      • ‘Technology is so cringingly cheap these days, I almost despair at the ease with which people are suckered in by brand name marketing.’
      • ‘Yes, the patriotic episodes were cringingly obvious.’
      • ‘Their early performances in Europe were cringingly awful.’
      • ‘You have to watch, even if it is just to see how cringingly awful it can get.’
      • ‘Then I'm jealous because, as cringingly adolescent as it feels to say this, I don't know anyone who shares my paradigm.’
      • ‘Newcastle's surf scene is cringingly bad.’
      • ‘So the morning after, while feeling hideous, we cringingly piece together the results of baser motives unbound.’
      • ‘The whole show was cringingly off the mark and much of the time was just plain boring and pointless.’
      • ‘Recently, a friend cringingly preceded a car advice question with the statement, "I know station wagons are passe, but …"’
      • ‘Most of this is cringingly awful and is made worse by the fact that if there is a studio audience in England it goes wild with mirth.’
      • ‘Brock, a non-front man's front-man, is oddly chatty and sometimes cringingly open about his life and exploits, especially for a guy who "hates" doing interviews.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, it was one of the most entertaining, brutally-realistic pieces of television I've seen for a while, even if it was cringingly embarrassing.’
      • ‘Sure, it's cringingly inappropriate at times, but the writers have spent more of their time over the last four years creating genuine laughs than trying to make censors blush.’