- to wrinkle; crimple; ripple.
- to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle.
- to turn or wind in many little bends and twists.
- a wrinkle or ripple.
- a crinkling sound.
- a turn or twist.
Origin of crinkle
Related Words for crinklescrunch, pucker, screw, swish, crease, whisper, rumple, hiss, cockle, twist, fold, crackle, seam, coil, ruck, crimp, wrinkle, curl, wind, rustle
Examples from the Web for crinkle
Historical Examples of crinkle
A storm might sweep it flat, or if neglected too long, it might "crinkle."A Son of the Middle Border
A crinkle, a ripple was spreading over the green-blue water.The Secret Cache
E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
In one breed the wool is apt to wither and crinkle like hay on a sun-beaten hillside.Steep Trails
We crease the petals with them, and crinkle and vein and curl the outer edges.The Long Day
All at once the crinkle of a chill ran across the Chevalier's shoulders.The Grey Cloak
- to form or cause to form wrinkles, twists, or folds
- to make or cause to make a rustling noise
- a wrinkle, twist, or fold
- a rustling noise
Word Origin for crinkle
late 14c., from frequentative of Old English crincan, variant of cringan "to bend, yield" (see cringe). Related: Crinkled; crinkling. As a noun from 1590s.