crinkle

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From Middle English crenclen (to bend, buckle), from Old English *crinclian, frequentative form of Old English crincan (to yield), from Proto-Germanic *krinkaną, *kringaną (to fall), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (to turn, wind). Cognate with North Frisian krenge, krönge (to obtain, reach, attain), Dutch krinkelen (to turn, wind). Related to cringe.

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crinkle (third-person singular simple present crinkles, present participle crinkling, simple past and past participle crinkled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fold, crease, crumple, or wad.
    He crinkled the wrapper and threw it out.
    The old man's lined face crinkled into a smile.
  2. (intransitive) To rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
    • L. T. Trowbridge
      The green wheat crinkles like a lake.
    • Elizabeth Browning
      All the rooms were full of crinkling silks.

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crinkle (plural crinkles)

  1. A wrinkle, fold, crease, or unevenness.
    He observed the crinkles forming around his eyes and suddenly felt old.

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