- the making of slight cracking sounds rapidly repeated.
- the crisp browned skin or rind of roast pork.
- Usually cracklings. Southern U.S. the crisp residue left when fat, especially hog or chicken fat, is rendered.
Origin of crackling
- to make slight, sudden, sharp noises, rapidly repeated.
- to form a network of fine cracks on the surface.
- (of ceramic glaze) to craze.
- to exhibit liveliness, vibrancy, anticipation, etc.: The play crackled with wit.
- to cause to crackle.
- to break with a crackling noise.
- to craze (ceramic glaze).
- the act of crackling.
- a crackling noise.
- a network of fine cracks, as in the glaze of some kinds of porcelain.
Origin of crackle
Examples from the Web for crackling
He has a lean, crackling energy about him, a sense of dramatic flourish, a resonant voice that is not unaware of its own music.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
They danced to music pounding from the crackling speakers, sipped beers and then parted.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
Zosia Mamet is spectacular in the second episode on premiere night, showing off some crackling comedic timing.The New Season of ‘Girls’ Is Just Good. Can We Handle That?
January 9, 2014
The subsidiary fair, Volta, was crackling; there, I ran into Katelijne de Backer of the Armory.Live From Art Basel
June 17, 2010
And over all was a constant hum, a crackling, a whining of spinning parts.Slaves of Mercury
His voice was almost a scream, shrill and crackling with excitement.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
The linen was crackling between his fingers, and splinters of ice were breaking off.His Masterpiece
"'As the crackling of thorns under a pot,'" he quoted soberly.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The badger kept on, until he heard the crackling of the burning twigs.
- the crisp browned skin of roast pork
- 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
Word Origin and History for crackling
mid-15c., crackelen, frequentative of cracken "to crack" (see crack (v.)). Related: Crackled; crackling. The noun is recorded from 1833.