Definition of crinkum-crankum in English:


Syllabification: crin·kum-cran·kum
Pronunciation: /ˌkriNGkəm ˈkraNGkəm


  • Elaborate decoration or detail.
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    • Ay, here's none of your straight lines here, but all taste, zig-zag, crinkum-crankum, in and out, right and left, so and again, twisting like a worm.
    • The crackle-glaze boulder shapes, the crinkum-crankum ledges, the skewed pagoda silhouettes of the mountains belonged to no Occidental geography.


mid 17th century: fanciful reduplication of the nouns crank1 and crank2.

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