What does Cringey mean?

Refers to the state of making other cringe by demonstrating embarrassing behavior.


Other definitions of Cringey:

  • Used to describe awkward actions in which the offender does not perceive themselves as embarrassing.
  • Describes actions that, when watched, cause a powerful physical reaction because how embarrassed you are for the person involved.
  • Shockingly embarrassing activities that are hard to watch. Often, the person being cringey has no idea of their behavior (or thinks it's cool) and is being recording to be shared online.

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How to use the term

  • When she started talking it was so cringey.

  • Don't be so cringey, it's embarrassing.

  • When she started to talk about race so much, it was getting really cringey.


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More slang terms:


A slang initialism for "You know the vibe", a declaration that someone knows we are having a good time.



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