crinkle-crankle

noun

crin·​kle-cran·​kle
¦kriŋkəl¦kraŋkəl
plural -s
: a winding in and out : sinuosity, zigzag

Word History

Etymology

crinkle + crankle

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crinkle-crankle was in 1598

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“Crinkle-crankle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crinkle-crankle. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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