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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To form wrinkles or ripples.
  • intransitive v. To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
  • transitive v. To cause to crinkle.
  • n. A wrinkle, ripple, or fold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fold, crease, crumple, or wad.
  • n. A wrinkle, fold, crease, or unevenness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To form with short turns, bends, or wrinkles; to mold into inequalities or sinuosities; to cause to wrinkle or curl.
  • intransitive v. To turn or wind; to run in and out in many short bends or turns; to curl; to run in waves; to wrinkle; also, to rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
  • n. A winding or turn; wrinkle; sinuosity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form or mark with short curves, waves, or wrinkles; make with many flexures; mold into corrugations; corrugate.
  • To turn or wind; bend; wrinkle; be marked by short waves or ripples; curl; be corrugated or crimped.
  • To cringe.
  • n. A wrinkle; a turn or twist; a ripple; a corrugation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
  • v. become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
  • n. a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface


From Middle English crinkled, full of turnings.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old English crincan (Wiktionary)



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  • All that remains of eights
    is spray pounded into white powder wafted
    a second, the surface crinkled a moment
    and then reverting to flawed glass, clap
    of blades re-echoed between black banks before
    drowning, before they lose way to the tow.

    - Peter Reading, Severn at Worcester, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008