Crinkle definition

krĭngkəl
To form wrinkles or ripples.
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To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
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To cause to crinkle.
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A wrinkle, ripple, or fold.
noun
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To be or cause to be full of wrinkles, twists, or ripples.
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To rustle or crackle, as paper when crushed.
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A wrinkle, twist, or ripple.
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A rustling or crackling sound.
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(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.

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(intransitive) To rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
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He observed the crinkles forming around his eyes and suddenly felt old.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crinkle
Plural:
crinkles

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.

    From Wiktionary