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plural -s
dialectal, England
: bend, twist


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transitive verb

dialectal, England


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intransitive verb

: to make or emit a thin abrupt metallic or crackling sound
cicadas crinking in the heat

Word History



Low German krink circle, ring; akin to Middle High German krinc circle, ring

Intransitive verb


First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb

1821, in the meaning defined above

Intransitive Verb

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crink was in 1567

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“Crink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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