adjective, crin·kli·er, crin·kli·est.

having crinkles.
making a rustling noise.

Origin of crinkly

First recorded in 1820–30; crinkle + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crinkly

curly, sinuous, wrinkled

Examples from the Web for crinkly

Contemporary Examples of crinkly

Historical Examples of crinkly

  • A lazy, crinkly kind of smile, like Christmas lights going on one by one.


    Irving W. Lande

  • It was full of red Brussels carpets and walnut furniture of crinkly design.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • Mrs. Daggett had long since folded her crinkly hands in quiet death.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • You shall have a beautiful, crinkly black wig, and a beard to match!

    About Peggy Saville

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • His hair was not crinkly like the average negro, and his nose resembled an Indian's.

British Dictionary definitions for crinkly



wrinkled; crinkled

noun plural -lies

slang an old person
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