[ kring-kuh l ]
/ ˈkrɪŋ kəl /

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.


a wrinkle or ripple.
a crinkling sound.
a turn or twist.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for crinkle

/ (ˈkrɪŋkəl) /


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

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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