|v. t.||1.||To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.|
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.
Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou
Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored
Heaven's awful monarch?
|1.||To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.|
|n.||1.||Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility.|
|Verb||1.||cringe - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"|
|2.||cringe - show submission or fear|