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.
You could almost hear Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg cringing every time she spoke.
But cheering for the message of self-empowerment quickly shifted to cringing.
The bandit looked down in utter disgust at the cringing form.
He was cringing back, white-faced, from the edge of the gulch.
Before she knew this Beverley, I loved her; but like 434 a cringing fool, bowed at a distance, while He stept in and won her.
He stalked up to the cringing Harper, thrust his face toward him.
He thrust his fat hand, its nails bitten down to the quick and beyond, in front of the cringing alien's eyes.
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.