- 1to make short sharp sounds like something that is burning in a fire A log fire crackled in the hearth. The radio crackled into life.
- 2(figurative) The atmosphere crackled with tension.
NAmE//ˈkrækl//[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crackle
he / she / it crackles
past simple crackled
-ing form crackling