plural cracklings

Definition of crackling

1 \ ˈkra-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crackling (audio) \ : a series of small sharp cracking noises the crackling of frozen snow as we walk
2 \ ˈkra-​klən How to pronounce crackling (audio) , -​kliŋ \
a : the crisp residue left after the rendering of lard from pig fat or the frying or roasting of pig skin Want to know how to get perfect crisp crackling on roast pork?BBC Good Food (online) … for me fat is a largely a textural pleasure, … and pork crackling is surely the supreme example of this: a blistered top, as dry and crunchy as an autumn leaf, hiding a layer of yielding, creamy fat beneath.— Felicity Cloake also : a piece of this residue We feasted on … fresh hog cracklings from a road-side trailer north of Houston … — Peter Richmond
b : food or a piece of food that resembles crackling duck cracklings The great Simon Hopkinson, author of Roast Chicken and Other Stories, gave me—appropriately enough—a bag of chicken crackling as a present, and I pressed him for the recipe.— Nigella Lawson

Examples of crackling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Summer months for many mean soaking up nature, cooking over crackling campfires and sleeping under the stars. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 However, as festivities wind down into the evening and the sun begins to set, the sky above Indianapolis is sure to become aglow with crackling fireworks. Chloe Mcgowan, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2022 Delving deeper into Anne’s voice, Bass and Winslow identified a crackling sense of humor that spoke to a very contemporary strain of comedy, recalling the incisive, self-deprecating work of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Michaela Coel. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 June 2022 The lentils taste distinctly of shiitakes and tomatoes, and more distantly of golden duck-skin crackling. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 This reaction typically occurs within a couple of milliseconds, and the distinctive crackling sound is emitted when the bubbles rupture. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 June 2022 Ryan threads the needle of a complicated thread of stories, including on-set life, Neevah and Canon's past trauma and present crackling chemistry, and Dessi Blue's past. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Dec. 2021 If desired, add meat or seafood, and garnish with more pork crackling, pickled red onions and cilantro leaves. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 By day the silence is broken only by the lapping of the waves on the shore and at night by the crackling of the flames and bursts of laughter at BBQs and gatherings on the beach. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crackling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crackling was in 1599

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31 Jul 2022

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“Crackling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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