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[kring-kuh l] /ˈkrɪŋ kəl/
verb (used with or without object), crinkled, crinkling.
to wrinkle; crimple; ripple.
to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle.
to turn or wind in many little bends and twists.
a wrinkle or ripple.
a crinkling sound.
a turn or twist.
Origin of crinkle
1350-1400; Middle English crinklen; akin to Old English crincan to bend, yield, Dutch krinkelen to crinkle; see cringle, cringe, crank1, -le Unabridged
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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


to form or cause to form wrinkles, twists, or folds
to make or cause to make a rustling noise
a wrinkle, twist, or fold
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

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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