When you ball up a piece of paper in your hand, you crinkle it — you make a smooth thing wrinkled.

Use the verb crinkle to describe what happens when you ball up a freshly ironed shirt and shove it in a suitcase, or the way your favorite teacher scrunches her eyes when she smiles. You can also call the creases or wrinkles themselves crinkles. You might become so annoyed at the crinkles in your curtains that you take them down and iron them. Crinkle comes from the Old English crincan, "to bend or to yield."

Definitions of crinkle

v make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in

crease, crisp, ruckle, scrunch, scrunch up, wrinkle
cockle, crumple, knit, pucker, rumple
to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
pucker, ruck, ruck up
become wrinkled or drawn together
Type of:
fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other

v become wrinkled or crumpled or creased

crease, crumple, rumple, wrinkle
Type of:
fold, fold up
become folded or folded up

n a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface

crease, furrow, line, seam, wrinkle
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crow's feet, crow's foot, laugh line
a wrinkle in the skin at the outer corner of your eyes
the lines that form patterns on the skin (especially on the fingertips and the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet)
frown line
a facial wrinkle associated with frowning
life line, lifeline, line of life
a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
heart line, line of heart, love line, mensal line
a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
line of Saturn, line of destiny, line of fate
a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates how successful you will be
Type of:
depression, impression, imprint
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

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