One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin, sharp crackling sound.
That makes a succession of thin, sharp sounds; that crickles.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Dee (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary. Alteration of crackling, probably with imitative motivation, the higher vowel being intended to convey a sharper cracking sound<br>late 19th century. From crickle + -ing.
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