When someone acts/ or is so embarrassing or awkward , it makes you feel extemely ashamed and/or embarrassed.
"Hey that guy over there is cringy"
"Are you kidding Francis is the definition of cringe!"
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I was watching YouTube and I found a cringe compilation and it was 90% Tik-Tok memes
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The act of subscribing to Jake Paul.
“Brittney is the definition of cringe.”
“Because she subscribed to Jake Paul.”
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That throw-up/drink-bleach feeling you get when you watch Jacob Sartorious's music video "Sweatshirt"
Person 1: OMFG have you watch that pasty white kid's video "Sweatshirt"?
Person 2: Yeah! That was worthy of a massive cringe
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Cringe comedy is a specific genre of comedy, where the intent is to make you uncomfortable rather than make you laugh.
Example of a cringe worthy individual: A fedora-wearing misanthrope who also happens to enjoy My Little Pony and always complains about being "forever alone". Sometimes, he carries fake swords and attaches fake furry tails to his pants and walks around in public pretending he is not human. He spends his days browsing 9Gag and talks about memes on his facebook page. He says "lol" out-loud. He is unemployed and lives in his mother's basement. He prides himself in his sense of humor, where his favorite "joke" involves screaming "D'OH!" in a Homer Simpson voice. He often incorporates the french word "Le" prior to nouns in order to make them funnier. For example, I went to le shopping mall and bought myself le fedora. He uses this word because he doesn't know how to be funny so he resorts to stale Reddit jokes.

The Cringe Channel (www.cringechannel.com) is a comedy site full of examples which perfectly exemplify this type of person
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1. v. cringe - to recoil in embarrassment
2. n. cringe - an instance of recoiling in embarrassment

Modern usage stems from its popularity among uncreative Zoomers circa 2013 who continue employ it as a banal and inane pejorative in virtual discourse when they feel threatened by media, memes, or posts that 1. break convention as defined by their narrow social experience in an arbitrary microcosm of internet culture 2. exceed their puerile comprehension in complexity or length or 3. induce even the slightest sense of insecurity for which they cannot muster a lazy conditioned riposte.

In this regard, the word has come to mean "An expression of pious and empty derision toward another person's thoughts, actions, or beliefs that (without discussion) implies ones own beliefs are normative and therefore superior."
Example 1 - laziness is normative
Person 1: *posts comment exceeding 500 characters*
Person 2: *reads in entirety* "cringe, didn't read"

Example 2: intransigence is normative
Person 1: "I disagree with your opinion"
Person 2: "cringe"

Example 3: ones personal tastes are normative
Person 1: "I really enjoyed that movie"
Person 2: "ugh, cringe"
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