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[kring-klee] /ˈkrɪŋ kli/
adjective, crinklier, crinkliest.
having crinkles.
making a rustling noise.
Origin of crinkly
First recorded in 1820-30; crinkle + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was dark-skinned, he had crinkly, flowing hair, his eyes were of the curious red-brown color of a ripe chestnut.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • You shall have a beautiful, crinkly black wig, and a beard to match!

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • We crossed the upheaved plain, then the strip of white, and reached the crinkly floor of yellow salt.

  • When her old cap was pulled off, there was her gray hair all soft and crinkly.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • He stopped at the place where the trail forked, tossed his crinkly mane triumphantly and looked back.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Tom was gray, too, and had crinkly ears, and many other honorable battle-scars.

  • His hands were large and well kept, but ruggedly formed, and the backs were shaded with crinkly reddish hair.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • And they had such romantic, crinkly, wrinkly, leathery faces.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • Helena Huntley—with crinkly brown hair, and blue eyes, and fascinating frocks!

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for crinkly


wrinkled; crinkled
noun (pl) -lies
(slang) an old person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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