Definition of alligatoring in English:

alligatoring

noun

US
  • The development of intersecting cracks in paint, varnish, etc., caused by contraction and resulting in a surface resembling the skin of an alligator.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in 739 Paint Questions Answered. From alligator + -ing.

Pronunciation

alligatoring

/ˈalɪɡeɪt(ə)rɪŋ/