wrinkle

noun
wrin·kle | \ˈriŋ-kəl \

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

2a : method, technique

b : a change in a customary procedure or method

c : something new or different : innovation

wrinkle

verb
wrinkled; wrinkling\ˈriŋ-k(ə-)liŋ \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for wrinkle

Synonyms: Noun

brainchild, coinage, concoction, contrivance, creation, innovation, invention

Synonyms: Verb

crinkle, crumple, rumple, scrunch

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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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

Put down that concealer: Science has given us a new reason to appreciate fine lines and wrinkles. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Smile! Wrinkles Around Our Eyes Make Us Appear More Sincere," 12 June 2018 But there’s a wrinkle in the potential fallout from higher gas taxes in California, where prices are already topping $4 per gallon in some locales. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Will California Voters Blame High Gas Prices on Democrats or on Trump?," 10 May 2018 But there’s one more wrinkle: While the Fed’s rate increases affect virtually all interest rates across the economy, the effects aren’t always equal. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks are plunging. Blame bonds," 24 Apr. 2018 But there’s one more wrinkle to consider: People reported last week that Meyer and Maguire have yet to actually file for divorce. Allie Jones, The Cut, "All the Gossip About Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s Divorce," 3 Apr. 2018 There’s another potential wrinkle: A couple of groups have expressed interest in negotiating with the city and county to develop the 130-acre Coliseum site. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "East Bay officials may sue NFL, Raiders over team’s Vegas move," 14 Mar. 2018 The specificity of state laws about political speech, as well as legal loopholes created because some stadiums are publicly owned or financed, could further add wrinkles to the picture. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "'You can't win this one,' Trump told NFL owners about anthem protests. They believed him.," 30 May 2018 Their athleticism would allow the Texans to add new wrinkles into their running game involving pulling tackles to the second level that can really get linebackers into trouble. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Q&A on the Texans and the 2018 NFL draft," 11 Apr. 2018 In the shorter term, the main wrinkle in the forecast is a weak cool front forecast to slip into the region during the middle of next week. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A long-duration heat wave is beginning in Washington when it will frequently feel as if it’s 100," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In between dry cleaner drop-offs, use a steamer to de-wrinkle your suit. 2. Elana Lyn Gross, Cincinnati.com, "15 things you should never put in the washing machine," 5 July 2018 Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften and the skins begin to wrinkle. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018 The real touching moment came when her grandmother noticed her bisexual Pride flag was wrinkled as Lexie was getting ready for the parade. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "A Photo of a Grandmother Ironing a Pride Flag Went Viral," 13 June 2018 Like most linen items, these do tend to wrinkle a bit coming out of the dryer. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The right bedding can help you sleep soundly on hot summer nights," 29 May 2018 Karl Johnson, a precinct director for the Clark County Republican Party, wrinkled his nose and raised his eyebrows when asked about Mr. Heller’s prospects for re-election. New York Times, "Dean Heller, Buffeted on Both Sides, Tries to Save His Nevada Senate Seat," 13 May 2018 Good-bye to your fine tight curls, your brow wrinkled with thought. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "A Time To Die And Be Reborn: Poems By Priscilla Wear Ellsworth," 19 Apr. 2018 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge almost never wear a crossbody bag, likely since the strap can wrinkle clothing or slide around the body, Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette previously told GoodHousekeeping.com. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle Channels Princess Diana in Amazing Striped Dress," 18 Apr. 2018 Don't wrinkle And how about those formal occasions? Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Packing advice from a 365-days-a-year traveler," 24 Mar. 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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