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

Other Words from crinkle


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This set of five low-fi felt balls that cats love to pursue works great for owners who prefer playthings that don't crinkle, chime or require batteries. Jessica Hartshorn, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2022 His eyes crinkle with joy, highlighting the wide, easy smile he was known for. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Genuine smiles of happiness involve two main groups of muscles: the zygomaticus major muscles, which pull up the corners of the mouth, and the orbicularis oculi muscles, which crinkle the corners of the eyes. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cart also serves milkshakes and crinkle-cut fries. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 The chicken tenders are prepared the same way, and arrive with coleslaw, pickles and crinkle-cut fries. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 1 June 2022 Also on the menu are chicken tenders ($22.50), bone-in chicken by the quarter ($11) and crinkle-cut fries loaded with fried chicken and other toppings such as cheese sauce or collard greens ($13). Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2022 The signature Superdawg hot dog comes nestled in a paper box filled with stubby crinkle-cut fries. Adam Lukach,, 4 Mar. 2022 Pickles and Ruffles-like crinkle chips just adds to that old-school charm., 2 Nov. 2021 The classic crinkle-cut fries get a makeover with a garlic parmesan cheese sprinkling and a side of truffle sauce (with prices starting at $4.79). Sabrina Weiss,, 12 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Crinkle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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