Cramer was almost incoherent by this point, cringing and apologetic.
It was a name that always sent shivers down my spine; it made up the paragraphs of history books that I always skimmed, cringing.
In memory, he was reviled as a servile race traitor, a cringing sycophant to white wealth and power.
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.