Definition of crinkle in English:

crinkle

verb

  • Form into small surface creases or wrinkles.

    no object ‘Rose's face crinkled in bewilderment’
    with object ‘he smiled boyishly, crinkling his eyes’
    ‘a skirt in crinkled fabric’
    • ‘Those on the mayor's tour who entered the building immediately came out, faces crinkled, and walked carefully to avoid stepping into pools of stinking water.’
    • ‘His mouth crinkled up into his usual friendly smile.’
    • ‘Natalie blushed and cursed herself for noticing that his eyes crinkled adorably when he smiled.’
    • ‘Her eyes crinkled in a smile but she didn't say anything.’
    • ‘Conway's eyes crinkled up in a smile that almost reached his thin lips.’
    • ‘I still had the map he gave me lodged in my pocket, crinkled up a little.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The doctor's wrinkled face crinkled into a broad smile.’
    • ‘I watched his face as his eyes crinkled up and his deep laughter rung out over the phone.’
    • ‘Abby sighed again, this time thinking of the way his eyes crinkled up at the corners when he smiled.’
    • ‘His eyes crinkled up the corners and made him look like a kid again.’
    • ‘Her face crinkled up in disgust, then she darted past him and into the hallway in an effort to get away from him.’
    • ‘Ethan offered her a broad smile that crinkled up the sides of his eyes.’
    • ‘I handed him the paper I was clutching minutes previous; the edge on the right side was all crinkled up.’
    • ‘There was Gwen, sitting at the table with him, a worried look on her face, forehead crinkled up in thought.’
    • ‘Seersucker is a lightweight cotton fabric crinkled into lengthwise stripes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I got to the company who was interviewing me, I rolled my sleeves back down and realised I'd sweated so much the sleeves were all wet and they'd crinkled up as well.’
    • ‘His whole face smiled, his eyes crinkled up and his gray green eyes danced merrily.’
    • ‘He watched as the side of her face he could see was crinkled up, not sure what to say.’
    wrinkle, crease, pucker, furrow, line, corrugate, crimp, crumple, rumple, ruck up, scrunch up
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noun

  • A wrinkle or crease on the surface of something.

    ‘there was a crinkle of suspicion on her forehead’
    • ‘He shoots the boardroom scenes in dismal office-grade lighting, showing every crease and crinkle on the stressed faces within the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And you can see that these crinkles in the outer layer of the brain in Alzheimer's Disease have taken on a very kind of moth-eaten appearance.’
    • ‘There's barely a square inch of skin between his beard and wire-rimmed glasses, only the crinkle of laughter lines around the edges and the occasional smiling rack of slightly yellowed teeth.’
    • ‘He even wears the same moustache and has those crinkles in the corners of his blue eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he has crinkles and a furrowed brow, he goes to war.’
    • ‘He smiles, and the dreaded crinkles appear near his eyes, tiny lines.’
    • ‘It measures a person's mood by examining key features, such as the curve of the lips and the crinkles around the eyes.’
    • ‘Do the crinkles in crinkled chips (for Americans that's fries not crisps) actually confer any difference in taste?’
    • ‘Grasping the bag she felt the soft crinkle of old parchment beneath the worn cloth.’
    • ‘Family obligations always did crop up at the worst of times, Kratos thought with a crinkle of his nose.’
    • ‘The region's slickrock, sandstone from long-gone seabeds, is a moonscape of crinkles and undulations that make for exhilarating riding.’
    • ‘He delivered this all with a wet smile and a charming crinkle in his eye and only the veins standing out in his neck mirrored the hostility of his words.’
    • ‘Mia smiled, the corners of her eyes forming soft crinkles.’
    • ‘But he was younger than his many creases and crinkles suggested.’
    • ‘Shallows webbed with gold ripple, then draw back to expose crinkles tender as the lines a bedsheet etches on skin.’
    • ‘Several crinkles appear near his eyes as he smiles, ‘You're the best, Boss.’’
    • ‘Pigments wrap themselves, form folds, crinkles and ridges, blur and merge like layers of fabric, and cover the canvas.’
    • ‘The crinkles and distortions virtually disappear.’
    wrinkle, crease, fold, pucker, gather, furrow, ridge, line, corrugation, groove, crumple, rumple
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Origin

Late Middle English: related to Old English crincan (see cringe).

Pronunciation

crinkle

/ˈkrɪŋk(ə)l/