crinkle

verb
crin·kle | \ˈkriŋ-kəl \
crinkled; crinkling\ˈkriŋ-k(ə-)liŋ \

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

crinkle

noun

Definition of crinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from crinkle

Noun

crinkly \ˈkriŋ-k(ə-)lē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for crinkle

Synonyms: Verb

crumple, rumple, scrunch, wrinkle

Synonyms: Noun

crease, crimp, furrow, wrinkle

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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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

Leaves are crinkled, twisted and in some instances almost transparent. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Strange happenings among citrus trees," 29 June 2018 According to a small new study from Western University in Ontario, crinkling around the eyes makes smiles and frowns appear more sincere. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Smile! Wrinkles Around Our Eyes Make Us Appear More Sincere," 12 June 2018 Why are some of the leaves on my peach trees crinkled up and distorted? Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "HG Sperry 0519," 18 May 2018 The dominance smile is mildly lopsided, with closed lips and one or both eyes squeezed shut, whereas reward smiles show upturned lips exposing a row of teeth and crinkled eyes. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Smiles Hide Many Messages—Some Unfriendly," 5 Apr. 2018 Children will love to crinkle the sweet-smelling leaves between their fingers. Sunset, "Top 10 Kid- & Pet-Friendly Plants," 22 Jan. 2018 Marsquakes are thought to happen when the planet cools and contracts, causing the crust to crinkle slightly. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why NASA is launching a spacecraft to Mars to feel the planet as it rumbles," 3 May 2018 Authorities on Monday identified the boy and six girls who departed on the fatal joyride that ended with the Camry crinkled and on its roof in the 1200 block of Northwest 15th Street, west of Interstate 95 and north of East Atlantic Boulevard. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boy, 14, drove stolen car that crashed, killing 2 and injuring 5, sheriff's office says," 17 Apr. 2018 Her mask impervious, Escobar crinkles silver sheets of cellophane while her voice skips into a symphony of magical realism: whispers, cicadas, howls, laughs, yelps, hurricanes and a piercing soprano. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Voices of the City: Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar uses her voice to explore herself and others," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The key, then, is to be completely silent (which led to a unique film-going experience that had some viewers more focused on the crinkle of candy wrappers than the action on screen). Travis M. Andrews, BostonGlobe.com, "‘SNL’ scolds everyone for caring about Kanye West’s tweets in a spoof on ‘A Quiet Place’," 6 May 2018 Sonny’s BBQ: Classic crinkle-cut fries are only 50 cents Friday, dine-in only. Taco Bell: Nacho Fries have returned for a limited time. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Celebrate National French Fry day with what else, french fry deals," 13 July 2018 Sonny’s BBQ: Enjoy 50 cent crinkle cut fries on July 13. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Here's how to celebrate National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 Warm in a way that’s detectable in the minutiae of vocal cadences and the crinkle of a smile. Alana Massey, Curbed, "How an unexpected Airbnb guest helped me get over a breakup," 22 June 2018 The signature entrée is the Box Combo: four tenders with Cane’s Sauce for dipping, cole slaw, crinkle cut fries, griddled Texas toast and a drink. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain serves one specialty," 30 May 2018 Alecia makes tacos or spaghetti for them and her chocolate chip cookies or crinkles. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christian Yelich embraces 'return' to Brewers," 3 May 2018 Regulars swear by their juicy burgers, namely Chef Rodney's Famous Cheeseburger, best paired with a side of 1/2 crinkle cut fries, 1/2 onion rings. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "What to do in Mountain Brook's Crestline Village," 18 Apr. 2018 Frisch's has added crinkle-cut fries and has figured out a way to serve their hot fudge cake at the ballpark. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "The food at Reds games: Hometown flavors new on menu at Great American Ball Park," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crinkle

Verb

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

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crinkle

Verb

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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More Definitions for crinkle

crinkle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form small, thin lines on the surface

crinkle

noun

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

: a small, thin line that appears on a surface

crinkle

verb
crin·kle | \ˈkriŋ-kəl \
crinkled; crinkling

Kids Definition of crinkle

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

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