crin·​kle | \ ˈkriŋ-kəl How to pronounce crinkle (audio) \
crinkled; crinkling\ ˈkriŋ-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crinkle (audio) \

Definition of crinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to form many short bends or ripples
b : wrinkle
2 : to give forth a thin crackling sound : rustle crinkling silks

transitive verb

: to cause to crinkle : make crinkles in



Definition of crinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : any of several virus diseases of plants marked by crinkling of leaves

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crinkly \ ˈkriŋ-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce crinkle (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crinkle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of crinkle in a Sentence

Verb The corners of his eyes crinkle when he smiles. a paper seat cover that crinkles with every move Noun little crinkles at the corners of his mouth showed whenever he smiled
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The offer is good for either curly or crinkle fries through July 18th. Leada Gore |, al, 13 July 2021 That’s because white people usually crinkle and contort their faces into something illegible — and sometimes even close to blank — as armor. Safy-hallan Farah, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2021 Drying foliage upside down will usually crinkle the leaves, so Carroll suggested using vegetable glycerin. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2021 Children ran forward and tore open the packages, only to crinkle their noses. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2021 Your recipient’s eyes crinkle as your thought-fulness unleashes a torrent of helpless joy across her face. Roy Berendsohn And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 28 Nov. 2020 The latter will dissolve into your caramel and foil can crinkle and tear easily. John Kennedy, Popular Science, 3 Nov. 2020 Make sure to check out the french fries too: there are eight different varieties available, from curly to crinkle, waffle to steak. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 2 July 2020 More than 25 miles east in Windcrest, Laura Riggs flipped open her iPad at home to see her mother’s face, crinkled into a smile. Silvia Foster-frau,, 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Disco fries are your run-of-the-mill crinkle-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese — gobs of mozzarella or, even better, barely melted squares of American. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 And not the company’s signature crinkle-cut fries, either. Charles Passy, WSJ, 1 July 2021 When Shake Shack debuted its first Bay Area location at Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center in 2018, more than 1,000 fans lined up for the chain’s juicy burgers and crinkle-cut fries. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 June 2021 Shake Shack, which has locations in Sandy and Murray, is offering free crinkle-cut fries (with the purchase of a burger or chicken sandwich) for anyone showing a vaccination card through June 12. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 The vibe may whet the appetite especially for the menu’s perfect, compact burger, served on a sesame bun with shredded iceberg and pickles—add crinkle-cut fries or don’t. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2021 Beyond chicken, combo meals include kale slaw, mac and cheese, crinkle-cut fries, soft drinks and milkshakes. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2021 First, Arby's has added crinkle-cut fries to its menu, and second, despite rumors to the contrary, the restaurant's beloved curly fries are here to stay. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 31 Mar. 2021 This week, the meat-forward fast-food chain confirmed that after initial testing in select markets, crinkle-cut fries are now available at locations nationwide. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crinkle


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crinkle


Middle English crynkelen; akin to Old English cringan to yield

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The first known use of crinkle was in 1596

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“Crinkle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form small, thin lines on the surface



English Language Learners Definition of crinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small, thin line that appears on a surface


crin·​kle | \ ˈkriŋ-kəl How to pronounce crinkle (audio) \
crinkled; crinkling

Kids Definition of crinkle

1 : to form or cause little waves or wrinkles on the surface : wrinkle

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