One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin, sharp crackling sound.
no object To make a thin, sharp sound; to emit a succession of such sounds.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Yale Sheffield Monthly. From crickle<br>mid 19th century. Alteration of crackle, probably with imitative motivation, the higher vowel being intended to convey a sharper cracking sound.
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