Definition of crinkle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkriNGk(ə)l/


1Form small creases or wrinkles in the surface of something, especially the skin of the face as the result of a facial expression: [no object]: Rose’s face crinkled in bewilderment his face crinkled up in a smile [with object]: Burney crinkled his eyes in a smile (as adjective crinkled) plants with crinkled foliage
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  • He could not get her out of his head: her voice, her words, the way her bright green eyes crinkled up when she smiled, her hair, practically everything about her.
  • He liked the cute way the edges of her eyes crinkled up when she smiled, the way her eyebrows spread and the worry lines in her forehead disappeared when she laughed.
  • Conway's eyes crinkled up in a smile that almost reached his thin lips.
1.1 [with object] Cause (something) to make a crackling or rustling sound: we tried hard not to crinkle the plastic as we unwrapped the pies
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  • He thrust the door open and slipped the coins into the appropriate slot and brought the phone to his ear, using his shoulder to keep it up as he dialed with one hand, the other in his pocket crinkling money.
  • ‘This is for you,’ he said, reaching into the cargo pocket and crinkling the shrink-wrap.
  • She pulled a large loaf from the bag, crinkling the brown paper.


A wrinkle or crease on the surface of something: there was a crinkle of suspicion on her forehead
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  • UVA rays are at their worst in summertime, constantly penetrating our epidermis, damaging our collagen and elastin fibres and creating wrinkles, crinkles, sags and bags all the more likely.
  • Authentication of the unknown painting included a congruity between crinkles in the paint surface of the unknown picture, and cut marks on the back of the Minneapolis Study.
  • But he was younger than his many creases and crinkles suggested.


Late Middle English: related to Old English crincan (see cringe).

Words that rhyme with crinkle

besprinkle, sprinkle, tinkle, twinkle, winkle, wrinkle

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Syllabification: crin·kle

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