crack·​ly | \ ˈkra-k(ə-)lē \

Definition of crackly

: inclined to crackle : crisp

Examples of crackly in a Sentence

the crackly sound of the old record

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The flatter the chicken, the more contact with the cast-iron pan and the more crackly skin to enjoy at the end. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Under a Skillet with Lemon Pan Sauce," 26 Mar. 2018 Psst, Stewart's secret for extra crackly balloon fireworks: an extra sharp pencil. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Martha Stewart's Easiest 4th of July Party Ideas," 28 June 2016 Beatrix Market's deep dish doesn't reek of yeast and, instead, brings to mind a crackly loaf of Italian focaccia. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Is Chicago’s best deep dish hiding in a glorified food court?," 10 Apr. 2018 Chewy, crackly rice flour French bread comes from a French-Vietnamese bakery in Chicago. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A ramen and banh mi shop is coming to Fountain Square," 4 Apr. 2018 Crunchy, crackly exteriors give way to light, airy interiors studded with coconut shreds. Florence Steinberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mimouna sweets, a Moroccan tradition, herald the end of Passover," 3 Apr. 2018 For a shiny, crackly top, whisk mixture an additional 10 seconds. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Fudgy Brownies," 19 Mar. 2018 Balance that bowl with a cool cucumber salad or crackly pork-and-garlic dumplings. San Antonio Express-News, "Kimura," 8 Mar. 2018 When the cutter drew closer, Commander Stone’s crew told the freighter its plan over a crackly radio. New York Times, "In the Great Lakes, They’re Battling Ice, and Time. Take a Look.," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of crackly

1732, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crackly

: having or making a series of short, sharp noises
US : thin and easily cracked

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