(third-person singular simple present crinkles, present participle crinkling, simple past and past participle crinkled)
- (intransitive) To fold, crease, crumple, or wad.
- He crinkled the wrapper and threw it out.
- The old man's lined face crinkled into a smile.
- (intransitive) To rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
From Middle English crenclen (“to bend, buckle”), from Old English *crinclian, frequentative form of Old English crincan (“to yield”), from Proto-Germanic *krinkaną, *kringaną (“to fall”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with North Frisian krenge, krönge (“to obtain, reach, attain”), Dutch krinkelen (“to turn, wind”). Related to cringe.