noun Date: 1599 1. a series of small sharp cracks or reports <
the crackling of frozen snow as we walk
2. the crisp residue left after the rendering of lard from fat or the frying or roasting of the skin (as of pork) — usually used in plural

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Crackling — Crac kling (kr?k kl?ng), n. 1. The making of small, sharp cracks or reports, frequently repeated. [1913 Webster] As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. Eccl. vii. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. The well browned, crisp rind… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crackling — || kræklɪŋ n. sharp sound of snapping noises; sharp popping noise; crisp rind of roasted pork (British use) crack·le || krækl v. make snapping sounds, snap, pop …   English contemporary dictionary

  • crackling — ► NOUN ▪ the crisp fatty skin of roast pork …   English terms dictionary

  • crackling — [krak′liŋ; ] for 2, usually [, krak′lin] n. 1. the producing of a succession of slight, sharp popping sounds 2. a) the browned, crisp rind of roast pork b) [pl.] the crisp part remaining after hog fat or poultry fat has been rendered …   English World dictionary

  • crackling — n British an attractive female, or women in general seen as sex objects. This male expres sion was particularly popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, usually in the phrase a bit of crackling . It derives from the idea of pork crackling being a… …   Contemporary slang

  • crackling — adj. Crackling is used with these nouns: ↑fire, ↑flame …   Collocations dictionary

  • crackling — crack|ling [ˈkræklıŋ] n 1.) [singular, U] the sound made by something when it crackles ▪ There was silence except for the crackling of the fire. 2.) [U] BrE the hard skin on a piece of pig meat when it has been cooked for a long time 3.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crackling — crack|ling [ kræklıŋ ] noun 1. ) singular or uncount the sound that something makes when it crackles: the crackling of dried leaves underfoot 2. ) cracklings plural hard pieces of cooked skin from a pig, used as food …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crackling —    a woman viewed sexually by a man    Literally, the crisp and tasty outside of roast pork. She is usually described as a bit or piece of crackling …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • crackling — noun 1 (singular) the sound made by something when it crackles: There was a silence after that, except for the crackling of the fire. 2 BrE cracklings AmE (U) the hard skin of a pig when it has been cooked and is easily broken …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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