wrinkle

noun
wrin·​kle | \ ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio) \

Definition of wrinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small ridge or furrow especially when formed on a surface by the shrinking or contraction of a smooth substance : crease specifically : one in the skin especially when due to age, worry, or fatigue
b : a change in a customary procedure or method
c : something new or different : innovation

wrinkle

verb
wrinkled; wrinkling\ ˈriŋ-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce wrinkling (audio) \

Definition of wrinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

transitive verb

: to contract into wrinkles : pucker

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Other Words from wrinkle

Noun

wrinkly \ ˈriŋ-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce wrinkly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wrinkle

Synonyms: Noun

crease, crimp, crinkle, furrow

Synonyms: Verb

crease, crinkle, furrow, rumple

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Examples of wrinkle in a Sentence

Noun

Here's the latest wrinkle in the story—we find out that the villain is actually the hero's father! He has added some new wrinkles to his game.

Verb

Moisture caused the wallpaper to wrinkle and peel. His brow wrinkled as he thought about the question. Try not to wrinkle your trousers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some theorists argue that the new particles are bags of four and five quarks, bound together through the exchange of quantum particles called gluons, adding a new wrinkle to the often intractable theory of the strong force. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Exotic particles called pentaquarks may be less weird than previously thought," 5 June 2019 But in the fine print, Apple added a wrinkle — the SSO feature will be mandatory for any developer operating in the App Store who uses third-party sign-ins, alongside Google’s or Facebook’s or any other sign-on system. NBC News, "Apple's big power play comes in a small privacy feature," 4 June 2019 And, building on its popularity last year, the village is expanding the Family Fun Zone to add another wrinkle to this, the 29th annual event centered at Wilson Mills and S.O.M. Center roads. cleveland.com, "29th annual Mayfield Village Cruise Night is June 8," 4 June 2019 The Sounders are expecting an added wrinkle in their game against Vancouver on Saturday. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "Winless Whitecaps, former Sounders forward Fredy Montero still present challenge in rivalry game," 30 Mar. 2019 Television and camera technology allow viewers to fixate on images down to every last pore and wrinkle, while the framing on phones and social media apps encourages myopic frames of reference. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Joan Mitchell's Landscape Paintings Are the Perfect Digital Antidote," 1 May 2019 Plus, the skin along your ribs is very delicate and could easily get scratched or even accrue some more wrinkles over time with that much wear and tear. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life," 25 Apr. 2019 Similar ads have been plastered across the web: Kelly Ripa leaves show to launch antiaging wrinkle cream. Mehmet Oz And Kai Falkenberg, WSJ, "Facebook’s Scandal of Fake Celebrity Ads," 14 Apr. 2019 Steve Vanderburg, a forecaster at SDG&E, explains the nature of this periodic wrinkle in the weather. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wildfires: The scourge known as the Santa Ana winds," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some guests have watched each other get grey haired and wrinkled across the conference table but last week there were a few young faces peppering the crowd, a new generation. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago roundtable lets Big Ideas be shared the old-fashioned way, face to face," 5 June 2019 When told what happened after his round, Aaron Baddeley recoiled and wrinkled his nose. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson should be gone but officials turn a blind eye at the U.S. Open | Marcus Hayes," 16 June 2018 Having many vents all over the soleplate helps to distribute the steam, making de-wrinkling your clothing easier. Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping, "5 Tips for Buying a Steam Iron," 27 Jan. 2012 The system claims to maintain the quality of your clothes, too: Air vents in the bottom of slides let clothes breath, while spacers prevent delicate items from being crushed and wrinkled. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "This Magnetic Closet Organizer Might Actually Make You Hate Folding Less," 20 Nov. 2015 Happily, more and more beauty and textile brands are coming out with pillowcases specifically designed to target certain beauty concerns, like wrinkling skin and frizzy hair. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "15 Pillowcases That'll Transform Your Hair and Skin for the Better," 13 Nov. 2018 The eeriest resemblance here comes from K.J. Apa, who clearly put some time into learning Luke Perry’s forehead-wrinkling school of emoting. Constance Grady, Vox, "Riverdale’s return to the ’90s is the show at its nonsensical batshit best," 11 Nov. 2018 Sitting on the very edge of the first couch was a young man, hair uncombed, T-shirt wrinkled, emitting a faint odor of sweat. Crumbs of breakfast cereal cast a pebbled road across his chest. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Polyester & Cotton-Poly Blend: Polyester and Cotton-Poly blend duvet covers are best for people who want a resistant fabric that does not wrinkle or fade over time. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wrinkle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wrinkle

Noun

Middle English, back-formation from wrinkled twisted, winding, probably from Old English gewrinclod, past participle of gewrinclian to wind, from ge-, perfective prefix + -wrinclian (akin to wrencan to wrench) — more at co-

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wrinkle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small line or fold that appears on your skin as you grow older
: a small fold in the surface of clothing, paper, etc.
: a surprising or unexpected occurrence in a story or series of events

wrinkle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wrinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to develop wrinkles
: to cause (something) to develop wrinkles

wrinkle

noun
wrin·​kle | \ ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a crease or small fold (as in the skin or in cloth)
2 : a clever notion or trick She thought up a new wrinkle for the game.
3 : a surprise in a story or series of events

wrinkle

verb
wrinkled; wrinkling

Kids Definition of wrinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to develop or cause to develop creases or small folds

wrinkle

noun
wrin·​kle | \ ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio) \

Medical Definition of wrinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small ridge or furrow in the skin especially when due to age, worry, or fatigue

wrinkle

verb
wrinkled; wrinkling\ -​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce wrinkling (audio) \

Medical Definition of wrinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

transitive verb

: to contract into wrinkles wrinkled skin

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