crinkle

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verb

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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to crinkle : make crinkles in

crinkle

2 of 2

noun

1
2
: any of several virus diseases of plants marked by crinkling of leaves
crinkly adjective

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
Each scale features a different texture that crinkles or squeaks to keep those tiny minds occupied and curious about the world around them. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 2 July 2024 The crackle of vinyl runs implacably through his music like rain crinkling on trash bags, and, from the silence, snatches of breakbeat and fearsome industrial techno burst forward with fierce energy. Daniel Bromfield, SPIN, 13 Mar. 2024
Noun
There are soft toys that attach to the book and tuck into fabric pockets and surprise squeaks, crinkles, and rattles. Ashley Ziegler, Parents, 8 June 2024 Every seam and crinkle on the plastic toy from which it is created has been replicated in steel. Kirsty Lang For The Times, Robb Report, 1 Dec. 2021 See all Example Sentences for crinkle 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English crynkelen; akin to Old English cringan to yield

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crinkle was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Crinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crinkle. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

crinkle

1 of 2 verb
crin·​kle ˈkriŋ-kəl How to pronounce crinkle (audio)
crinkled; crinkling -k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce crinkle (audio)
1
: to form or cause little waves or wrinkles on the surface
2

crinkle

2 of 2 noun
crinkly adjective

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