Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Make a crackling sound.
Examples of Crepitate in a sentence
"The fallen leaves crepitated under his feet as he moved quickly through the woods."
"I could practically hear electricity crepitate beneath my fingers when I touched the plasma ball at the science museum."
Popularity Over Time
This word developed from the Latin word “crepitat” (crackled, rustled), which in turn developed from the verb “crepitaire” and “crepare” (to rattle).
Did you Know?
There’s possibly no crackling sound more celebrated than the way Kellogg’s Rice Krispies crepitate when milk is poured over them. The sounds were so popular, in fact, that Kellogg quickly turned them into a slogan, incorporating the phrase “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” into advertising in 1929. In 1933, an artist playfully created three elves to fit the names after listening to a radio advertisement, and his representation (with some tweaks) has endured into the modern day.