crinkle

verb
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
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 How to pronounce crinkly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crinkle

Synonyms: Verb

rustle

Synonyms: Noun

crease, crimp, furrow, wrinkle

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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

Glue a smattering of leaves to your jar, then brush an additional layer of glue on top of each one; the glue will crinkle your newspaper a bit and ensure that your leaves stay put. Lauren Oster, Redbook, "Autumn DIY: Paper-and-Glass Leaf Votives," 18 Nov. 2010 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pink of her gums and crinkles by her eyes did not belong to her voice. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, "Confessions of a Pod Person," 27 May 2019 There's nothing wrong with a little crinkle around the eyes. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019 Because the fries are also fried freshly and quickly salted so the salt sort of melts into the exterior, the crinkles help by expanding surface area. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain serves one specialty," 30 May 2018 Shake Shack Shake Shack is luring people to the ballots with their famous crinkle cuts. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Election Day Free Food Deals," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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