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English

From Middle English *crinchen, crenchen, crengen, from Old English *crenċan, *crenċġan, *crengan (to cause to fall, turn), from Proto-Germanic *krangijaną (to cause to turn), causative of Proto-Germanic *kringaną, *krinkaną (to fall), from Proto-Indo-European *grenǵʰ- (to twist, wind). Cognate with Scots crenge, creinge, creenge, crienge (to cringe, shrug), West Frisian kringe (to push, poke, insist, urge, pinch), Dutch krengen (to veer, careen), Danish krænge (to turn inside out, evert), Swedish kränga (to heel, lurch, toss, careen). Related to crinkle.