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

Definition of crinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to form many short bends or ripples
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 crinkly (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 There’s a familiar shoyu ramen — skinny, crinkled noodles with their distinctive alkaline scent in a salty dashi and soy broth. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in May for to-go ramen, tacos and Greek cuisine," 11 May 2020 The skin of his outstretched arms is crinkled and pallid, his muscles atrophied. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 Her brow is pinched, her mouth crinkled and white, and both her hands are balled into fists beneath the elbows of her tightly crossed arms. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 For curly top on tomatoes, a virus that crinkles the new growth, and mosaic virus that discolors squash and related crops, hydrogen peroxide is the cure. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 22 Apr. 2020 David told his mom, breaking into a laugh that crinkled his eyes above the mask that obscured his face. Los Angeles Times, "She lost her job because of coronavirus. Now she and her son sell masks on a street corner," 9 Apr. 2020 Mom's face, on the other side of that glass door, crinkled and contorted like a toddler on the brink of a big cry. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "A visit with mom from behind glass turns into the 'best' moment in her life," 29 Mar. 2020 Krisp is a third-party app that cancels out background noise, like crinkling candy wrappers or construction work. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, "The most maddening part about working from home: video conferences," 16 Mar. 2020 Her brow is pinched, her mouth crinkled and white, and both her hands are balled into fists beneath the elbows of her tightly crossed arms. Stephen O’connor, Harper's magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friendly Stop garners praise from reviewers for garlic burgers and crinkle fries. The Enquirer,, "Valentine’s, Schmalentine’s: 2 local 'dives' make Yelp's anti-Valentine's list," 4 Feb. 2020 Shake Shack sells beef burgers, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and frozen custard. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fort Worth’s first Shake Shack burger joint opens Sunday in the Stockyards," 24 Jan. 2020 Some of the most popular items in the bakery are the chocolate crinkle cookies, sweet crumble challah rolls and the lemon tart. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Friendship Circle Bakery and Cafe in Fox Point helps individuals with special needs gain occupational skills," 24 Dec. 2019 The Shake Shack menu also includes crinkle cut fries, which can be ordered with bacon and or cheese, and a selection of shakes and frozen custards. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Is Shake Shack planning a fifth Arizona location in the East Valley?," 20 June 2019 Shackburgers and crinkle cut fries are coming to downtown San Francisco. Justin Phillips,, "Shake Shack to open at San Francisco’s Westfield Shopping Center," 30 Oct. 2019 The street stand’s menu includes fried chicken with four levels of heat, available in brioche sandwiches, in tacos with flour tortillas or served over crinkle fries. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A former Mozza chef is making tacos at Bee Taqueria in West Adams," 6 Aug. 2019 How about a ShackBurger, crinkle-cut fries and shake from Shake Shack? Savor a bowl of hummus, braised lamb and califlower quinoa tabbouleh at Cava Grill, or a watermelon and heirloom tomato salad from Tocaya Organica. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One Paseo: A day in the life of San Diego’s new urban village," 11 July 2019 The fast-food chain, known for its Pat LaFrieda beef and crinkle cut fries, is watching the vegan burger trend that’s been turbocharged by Beyond Meat Inc.’s massive post-IPO stock rally. Craig Giammona,, "Shake Shack holds back on vegan burger, not sure if fake meat is more than a fad," 21 June 2019

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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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16 May 2020

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“Crinkle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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