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    cringe-worthy

    What is the meaning of the following compound noun?

    cringe-worthy

    Does it mean disgusting or embarrasing?

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    Re: cringe-worthy

    Not disgusting, just embarassing. (Of course, the context might indicate that the speaker thinks the behaviour's disgusting.) The newly coined compound words 'cringe-worthy' and 'cringe-making' both sum up the expression 'it made me cringe' (that is, shrink away with embarassment).

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    Re: cringe-worthy

    And not necessarily from your own behavior. You could be in a situation where someone else is embarrassing himself, and it makes you cringe.

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