What does Cringeworthy mean?

Makes you feel uncomfortable

Cringeworthy is a term used to describe something so embarrassing, awkward, or unsettling that it makes you physically wince or cringe. It’s like when you watch someone botch a public speech, or when your buddy fails spectacularly at cooking dinner.

Although the term has been around for a while, it wasn’t until 2018 that it really started to take off. It’s especially popular among young women who aren’t afraid to call out when something is just plain awful. They’re most likely to use the term in text messages or on social media when they want to share a particularly embarrassing moment.

And here’s a fun fact: cringeworthy is often shortened to just cringe. This version is thrown around by teenagers and young adults to show their distaste for something. So if a mom suggests an outfit to her teenage son and he’s not a fan, he might respond with a simple “Cringe”.

Example for using ‘Cringeworthy’ in a conversation

Ugh, I can’t believe I tripped in front of everyone today. It was so embarrassing!

Haha, that sounds cringeworthy! I wish I could have seen it!

No way, it was too embarrassing. I wanted to disappear!

Aw, don’t worry about it. We all have cringeworthy moments sometimes.