To make slight, sharp, repeated crackling sounds; crackle.
Webster's New World
Origin of Crepitate
From Latin crepitare (“to creak, rattle, clatter, crackle”), frequentive of crepare (“to creak, rattle, etc., burst or break with a noise, crash”).
Latin crepitāre crepitāt- to crackle frequentative of crepāre to creak
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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