He crinkled the wrapper and threw it out.
The old man's lined face crinkled into a smile.
Other Word Forms
Origin of crinkle
- From Middle English crinkled full of turnings akin to cringe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.