intransitive verb-·led, -·ling
- to make a succession of slight, sharp, popping sounds, as of dry wood burning
- to be bursting with energy and vivacity
- to develop a finely cracked surface
Origin of crackleMiddle English crakelen, frequentative of craken, crack
- to crush or break with cracking sounds
- to produce a finely cracked surface on
- a succession of cracking sounds
- vivacity; animation
- the fine, irregular surface cracks on some pottery, porcelain, etc.
- craquelure (sense )
verbcrack·led, crack·ling, crack·les
- To make a succession of slight sharp snapping noises: a fire crackling in the wood stove.
- To show liveliness, energy, or intensity: a book that crackles with humor.
- To become covered with a network of fine cracks; craze.
- To crush (paper, for example) with sharp snapping sounds.
- To cause (china, for example) to become covered with a network of fine cracks.
- The act or sound of crackling.
- a. A network of fine cracks on the surface of glazed pottery, china, or glassware.b. Crackleware.
Origin of crackleFrequentative of crack
(third-person singular simple present crackles, present participle crackling, simple past and past participle crackled)
crack + -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”)