from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a bend, twist or crinkle
- v. to bend or twist
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bend or turn; a twist; a crinkle.
- intransitive v. To bend, turn, or wind.
- transitive v. To break into bends, turns, or angles; to crinkle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend, wind, or turn, as a stream.
- To break into bends, turns, or angles; crinkle.
- Weak; shattered.
- n. A bend or turn; a crinkle; an angular prominence.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
An orchard would be a place to grow up, Palmer thought, an orchard heavy with apples and with espaliered pear-trees growing against a sun-warmed crinkle-crankle wall.
The historic Thamesside garden received a revamp thanks to a £1.6 million lottery grant which paid for repairs to the 19th century gazebo and the serpentine crinkle-crankle retaining wall.
The first stage of the £1.6 million restoration began with Wessex Archaelogy carrying out archaeological recording and investigation of the gazebo, the causeway walls and the undulating 'crinkle-crankle' - or serpentine - wall.
Poilibly Philips had the paflage in his mind, and borrowed from it the old word crankle.
o 'heaven, as I thoucht them, whan they war only the sma' crinkle-crankle convolutions o 'my cerebral dome-�a puir heaven for a man to bide in!