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crinkle

[kring-kuh l] /ˈkrɪŋ kəl/
verb (used with or without object), crinkled, crinkling.
1.
to wrinkle; crimple; ripple.
2.
to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle.
3.
to turn or wind in many little bends and twists.
noun
4.
a wrinkle or ripple.
5.
a crinkling sound.
6.
a turn or twist.
Origin of crinkle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English crinklen; akin to Old English crincan to bend, yield, Dutch krinkelen to crinkle; see cringle, cringe, crank1, -le
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Examples from the Web for crinkle
Historical Examples
  • A storm might sweep it flat, or if neglected too long, it might "crinkle."

  • A crinkle, a ripple was spreading over the green-blue water.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • In one breed the wool is apt to wither and crinkle like hay on a sun-beaten hillside.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • We crease the petals with them, and crinkle and vein and curl the outer edges.

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson
  • All at once the crinkle of a chill ran across the Chevalier's shoulders.

    The Grey Cloak

    Harold MacGrath
  • She made it crinkle in her fingers within a foot of the old gentleman's face.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • crinkle the edges of the crust; have the crust extend above the edge of the pan to make a deep shell for the filling.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • It works on the underside of the leaves along the veins, causing the leaves to pucker, curl and crinkle much as with leaf-curl.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Glass would not craze like tiles or mosaic; it would not crinkle as will canvas; it needed no varnish.

  • Cherry leaves are often covered with a grayish powder which in severe cases causes them to curl and crinkle and sometimes to drop.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for crinkle

crinkle

/ˈkrɪŋkəl/
verb
1.
to form or cause to form wrinkles, twists, or folds
2.
to make or cause to make a rustling noise
noun
3.
a wrinkle, twist, or fold
4.
a rustling noise
Word Origin
Old English crincan to bend, give way; related to Middle Dutch krinkelen to crinkle, Middle High German krank weak, ill, krenken to weaken
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Word Origin and History for crinkle
v.

late 14c., from frequentative of Old English crincan, variant of cringan "to bend, yield" (see cringe). Related: Crinkled; crinkling. As a noun from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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