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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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  • A lazy, crinkly kind of smile, like Christmas lights going on one by one.


    Irving W. Lande
  • It was full of red Brussels carpets and walnut furniture of crinkly design.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Mrs. Daggett had long since folded her crinkly hands in quiet death.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • You shall have a beautiful, crinkly black wig, and a beard to match!

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • His hair was not crinkly like the average negro, and his nose resembled an Indian's.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • When her old cap was pulled off, there was her gray hair all soft and crinkly.

    The William Henry Letters

    Abby Morton Diaz
  • Tom was gray, too, and had crinkly ears, and many other honorable battle-scars.

  • “He was rough-coated, along with a crinkly ear,” Harley meditated back.

  • And they had such romantic, crinkly, wrinkly, leathery faces.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
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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