[ krak-uh l ]
/ ˈkræk əl /

verb (used without object), crack·led, crack·ling.

verb (used with object), crack·led, crack·ling.


Origin of crackle

First recorded in 1490–1500; crack + -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crackle


/ (ˈkrækəl) /


to make or cause to make a series of slight sharp noises, as of paper being crushed or of a wood fire burning
(tr) to decorate (porcelain or pottery) by causing a fine network of cracks to appear in the glaze
(intr) to abound in vivacity or energy


the act or sound of crackling
intentional crazing in the glaze of a piece of porcelain or pottery
Also called: crackleware porcelain or pottery so decorated
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