plural -s
: something full of twists and turns : a thing fancifully or excessively intricate and elaborate

Word History


alteration (influenced by Latin nouns ending in -um) of crinkle-crankle

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crinkum-crankum was in 1670

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“Crinkum-crankum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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