[ krak-ling or for 2, 3, -luh n ]
/ ˈkræk lɪŋ or for 2, 3, -lən /


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

First recorded in 1540–50; crackle + -ing1

Definition for crackling (2 of 2)


[ 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 crackling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkræklɪŋ) /


the crisp browned skin of roast pork

British Dictionary definitions for crackling (2 of 2)


/ (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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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.

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