Via Middle English from Old English ''cringan
- A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
#:He glanced with a cringe at the mess on his desk.
Finnish: sÃ¤psÃ¤hdys, vavahdus
- To shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
#:He cringed as the bird collided with the window.
Finnish: sÃ¤psÃ¤htÃ¤Ã¤, kavahtaa