Definition of crinkle in English:


Line breaks: crin¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪŋk(ə)l


  • Form into small surface creases or wrinkles: [no object]: Rose’s face crinkled in bewilderment [with object]: he smiled boyishly, crinkling his eyes (as adjective crinkled) a skirt in crinkled fabric
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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.


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  • 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).

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