- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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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Word Origin and History 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.
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