Can anyone explain to me the difference between these two words? I looked up them in a dictionary but I find the both meanings to be quite similar. Also, is there any difference in their pronuncation? Thank you.

  • Both are simply ad-hoc adjectivizations of "cringe". Apparently "cringey" is listed as a "new word suggestion" by Collins, but neither is officially in a standard English dictionary yet. – Hot Licks Feb 15 '16 at 14:11
  • @HotLicks: Isn't the online Oxford Dictionary regarded as a standard dictionary? oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cringy – user11752 Feb 15 '16 at 14:39
  • @MarkBannister - When I Googled the Oxford didn't come up. – Hot Licks Feb 15 '16 at 14:59
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    They're variant spellings of a cringeworthy word. – Rob_Ster Feb 15 '16 at 22:22

By contrast to the Urban Dictionary, the online Oxford Dictionary gives both spellings as variants of each other, with the following meanings:

1 Servile; cringing; timid.

2 =cringeworthy.

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According to Urban dictionary there is a difference in meaning:

CRINGY: cringy is when something is just so unpleasant that it makes you literally cringe.
CRINGEY: embarrassing or making feel uncomfortable

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    I don't agree that these are "different meanings" so much as the same meaning written up by different people. – Casey Oct 31 '17 at 13:44

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