adjective, crack·li·er, crack·li·est.

apt to crackle.

Origin of crackly

First recorded in 1600–10; crackle + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crackly

Contemporary Examples of crackly

  • The best way to enjoy the crabs is to play up their crackly edible shell with a batter coating.

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    What to Eat

    June 30, 2009

Historical Examples of crackly

  • "Oh, don't get crackly just because you're a Buffalo bill," says the fiver.

  • "I had forty buffaloes," he cried in a shrill, crackly voice.

    The Argus Pheasant

    John Charles Beecham

  • He had spent hours gloating over the yellow metal and crackly paper which meant a competence for the rest of his years.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath

  • The dusty mornings were dry and crackly, the sullen summer air clung within the house at night.


    Clement Wood

  • She calmly opened the crackly sheet of legal looking paper in her lap.