v. crin·kled, crin·kling, crin·kles
1. To form wrinkles or ripples.
2. To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
To cause to crinkle.
A wrinkle, ripple, or fold.
[From Middle English crinkled, full of turnings; akin to CRINGE.]
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