“When his name is in the paper, he cringes,” says a Hill veteran.
He cringes at the thought of going on a talk show and does not particularly enjoy premiere walks along the red carpet.
I am someone who cringes when I hear a description of a sprained ankle.
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.