Definition of crinkum-crankum in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪŋkəmˈkraŋkəm/


[mass noun] archaic
Elaborate decoration or detail.
Example sentences
  • 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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