What does Cringe mean?

Makes you feel uncomfortable

‘Cringe’ is a slang term used to express a feeling of discomfort or embarrassment. It’s often used in reaction to awkward or unpleasant situations, like if you’re witnessing a public argument or a boss scolding an employee. It’s a verbal representation of the facial expression you make when you’re witnessing something you’d rather not.

‘Cringe’ is a shortened form of the word ‘cringeworthy’, which describes an event or situation that is extremely awkward or disagreeable. The term is particularly popular among teenagers and young adults, especially females.

Even though you might hear this term spoken out loud, it’s far more common in written communication. You’re likely to see ‘cringe’ used in text messages or on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

‘Cringe’ can also be used to express disagreement or distaste. For instance, if your friend suggests getting sushi for dinner but you’re not a fan, you could respond with ‘Cringe’ to express your disapproval.

Example for using ‘Cringe’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that video of the guy falling off the stage?

Yeah, it was so cringe!

I know, right? I couldn’t watch the whole thing.

I had to look away, it was too awkward.