- crinch (dialectal)
From Middle English *crinchen, crenchen, crengen, from Old English *crenċan, *crenċġan, *crengan (“to cause to fall, turn”), from Proto-Germanic *krangijaną (“to cause to turn”), causative of *kringaną, *krinkaną (“to fall”), from Proto-Indo-European *grenǵʰ- (“to twist, wind”). Cognate with Scots crenge, creinge, creenge, crienge (“to cringe, shrug”). Related to crinkle.
cringe (plural cringes)
- A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
- He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.
- (dialect) A crick.
- An embarrassing event, item or behaviour which causes an onlooker to cringe.
- (dated, intransitive) To bow or crouch in servility.
- (intransitive) To shrink, cower, tense or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
- He cringed as the bird collided with the window.
- When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions.
- (transitive, obsolete) To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.
- Till like a boy you see him cringe his face, / And whine aloud for mercy.