One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A twist, bend, or crook.
no object To emit a sharp, thin sound.
1with object To bend, twist; to form into furrows or wrinkles; to crinkle. Also without object with up.
2with object Crickrare.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently either shortened from crinkle (although attested slightly earlier), or perhaps the reflex of a noun ultimately from the same base<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in Gilbert White (1720–1793), naturalist. Apparently imitative, or perhaps a variant or alteration of creak or crick<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in John Clare (1793–1864), poet, farm labourer, and naturalist. Probably either from crink, or shortened from crinkle, or the reflex of a parallel formation from the same base.
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