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crinkle

[ kring-kuhl ]
/ ˈkrɪŋ kəl /
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verb (used with or without object), crin·kled, crin·kling.
to wrinkle; crimple; ripple.
to make slight, sharp sounds; rustle.
to turn or wind in many little bends and twists.
noun
a wrinkle or ripple.
a crinkling sound.
a turn or twist.
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Origin of crinkle

1350–1400; Middle English crinklen; akin to Old English crincan to bend, yield, Dutch krinkelen to crinkle; see cringle, cringe, crank1, -le
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British Dictionary definitions for crinkle

crinkle
/ (ˈkrɪŋkəl) /

verb
to form or cause to form wrinkles, twists, or folds
to make or cause to make a rustling noise
noun
a wrinkle, twist, or fold
a rustling noise

Word Origin for crinkle

Old English crincan to bend, give way; related to Middle Dutch krinkelen to crinkle, Middle High German krank weak, ill, krenken to weaken
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