EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRINGING
He came toward us, humble and cringing, giving the beautiful Arab salute.
He was a little man, withered by age, and with a cringing manner.
He was cringing back, white-faced, from the edge of the gulch.
He stalked up to the cringing Harper, thrust his face toward him.
Cowardice and a cringing humility were not regarded as faults in a slave.
But the apothecary, cringing and smiling, faltered that he was—that he was coming to the house.
The woman held her hand out before Czipra in cringing supplication.
These may be called the cringing canvass and the flouting canvass.
Perhaps his shock was a cringing away from facing a problem.
"Now, we'll have a look at th' other witnesses," and Ham turned to the cringing Quinley.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CRINGING
- backing down
- giving in