She “cringed” when the line showed up on the teleprompter, but she actually “wanted to scream.”
When my British husband insisted that what he truly wanted for his birthday was to see a Monster Jam Truck show, I cringed inside.
And in the season finale, I cringed so hard that tears finally came out.
early 13c., from causative of Old English cringan "give way, fall (in battle), become bent," from Proto-Germanic *krank- "bend, curl up" (cf. Old Norse kringr, Dutch kring, German Kring "circle, ring"). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s.