Definition of crinkle in US English:

crinkle

verb

  • 1Form small creases or wrinkles in the surface of something, especially the skin of the face as the result of a facial expression.

    no object ‘Rose's face crinkled in bewilderment’
    ‘his face crinkled up in a smile’
    with object ‘Burney crinkled his eyes in a smile’
    ‘plants with crinkled foliage’
    • ‘I handed him the paper I was clutching minutes previous; the edge on the right side was all crinkled up.’
    • ‘Her face crinkled up in disgust, then she darted past him and into the hallway in an effort to get away from him.’
    • ‘Seersucker is a lightweight cotton fabric crinkled into lengthwise stripes.’
    • ‘Conway's eyes crinkled up in a smile that almost reached his thin lips.’
    • ‘He watched as the side of her face he could see was crinkled up, not sure what to say.’
    • ‘There was Gwen, sitting at the table with him, a worried look on her face, forehead crinkled up in thought.’
    • ‘His eyes crinkled up the corners and made him look like a kid again.’
    • ‘I still had the map he gave me lodged in my pocket, crinkled up a little.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her eyes crinkled in a smile but she didn't say anything.’
    • ‘Ethan offered her a broad smile that crinkled up the sides of his eyes.’
    • ‘His whole face smiled, his eyes crinkled up and his gray green eyes danced merrily.’
    • ‘The doctor's wrinkled face crinkled into a broad smile.’
    • ‘Natalie blushed and cursed herself for noticing that his eyes crinkled adorably when he smiled.’
    • ‘His mouth crinkled up into his usual friendly smile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abby sighed again, this time thinking of the way his eyes crinkled up at the corners when he smiled.’
    • ‘I watched his face as his eyes crinkled up and his deep laughter rung out over the phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    wrinkle, crease, pucker, furrow, line, corrugate, crimp, crumple, rumple, ruck up, scrunch up
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (something) to make a crackling or rustling sound.
      ‘we tried hard not to crinkle the plastic as we unwrapped the pies’
      • ‘She pulled a large loaf from the bag, crinkling the brown paper.’
      • ‘He thrust the door open and slipped the coins into the appropriate slot and brought the phone to his ear, using his shoulder to keep it up as he dialed with one hand, the other in his pocket crinkling money.’
      • ‘I'm holding a piece of something in my hand right now and crinkling it.’
      • ‘The afternoon typically includes one to three bags of chips, of which I hear each foil-wrapper crinkle and crack as she reaches into the bag, then the bite of each chip.’
      • ‘‘This is for you,’ he said, reaching into the cargo pocket and crinkling the shrink-wrap.’
      • ‘He walked back out from behind the counter and put his hand back in his pocket, crinkling the paper money softly.’
      • ‘He turned the page and for some reason the simple sound of the page crinkle made me want to cut off my ears.’

noun

  • 1A wrinkle or crease on the surface of something.

    ‘there was a crinkle of suspicion on her forehead’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pigments wrap themselves, form folds, crinkles and ridges, blur and merge like layers of fabric, and cover the canvas.’
    • ‘He smiles, and the dreaded crinkles appear near his eyes, tiny lines.’
    • ‘Mia smiled, the corners of her eyes forming soft crinkles.’
    • ‘It measures a person's mood by examining key features, such as the curve of the lips and the crinkles around the eyes.’
    • ‘Grasping the bag she felt the soft crinkle of old parchment beneath the worn cloth.’
    • ‘But he was younger than his many creases and crinkles suggested.’
    • ‘The region's slickrock, sandstone from long-gone seabeds, is a moonscape of crinkles and undulations that make for exhilarating riding.’
    • ‘If he has crinkles and a furrowed brow, he goes to war.’
    • ‘He even wears the same moustache and has those crinkles in the corners of his blue eyes.’
    • ‘Family obligations always did crop up at the worst of times, Kratos thought with a crinkle of his nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do the crinkles in crinkled chips (for Americans that's fries not crisps) actually confer any difference in taste?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He shoots the boardroom scenes in dismal office-grade lighting, showing every crease and crinkle on the stressed faces within the room.’
    • ‘The crinkles and distortions virtually disappear.’
    • ‘Several crinkles appear near his eyes as he smiles, ‘You're the best, Boss.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shallows webbed with gold ripple, then draw back to expose crinkles tender as the lines a bedsheet etches on skin.’
    wrinkle, crease, fold, pucker, gather, furrow, ridge, line, corrugation, groove, crumple, rumple
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    1. 1.1 The sound of crinkling.
      ‘I heard the crinkle of clothing’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

crinkle

/ˈkriNGk(ə)l//ˈkrɪŋk(ə)l/