- to be or cause to be full of wrinkles, twists, or ripples
- to rustle or crackle, as paper when crushed
Origin of crinkleMiddle English crenklen, frequentative ; from Old English crincan, variant, variety of cringan: see cringe
- a wrinkle, twist, or ripple
- a rustling or crackling sound
verbcrin·kled, crin·kling, crin·kles
- To form wrinkles or ripples.
- To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
Origin of crinkleFrom Middle English crinkled, full of turnings; akin to cringe.
(third-person singular simple present crinkles, present participle crinkling, simple past and past participle crinkled)
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.