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 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

The presence of a credible independent candidate, Greg Orman, who ran for Senate in 2014 and who’s getting 10 percent of the vote in the polling, adds another wrinkle. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained," 15 Oct. 2018 He's been getting wrinkle-smoothing injections for several years. Emma Ockerman, chicagotribune.com, "Wanted: Men unafraid of needles for Botox push," 22 June 2018 But the team’s early-season schedule adds another wrinkle to that challenge. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens news, notes and opinions on possibly drafting Lamar Jackson, schedule release, wideouts," 20 Apr. 2018 Apfel's doll, though apparently wrinkle-free, adds some age diversity to Barbie's canon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Iris Apfel Just Became the Oldest Person to Have a Barbie Made After Her," 28 Mar. 2018 Then wrap each piece of clothing around the bag to form one compact, amazingly wrinkle-resistant bundle. Ashley Niedringhaus, Redbook, "How to Pack for a Vacation in a Hurry," 21 Feb. 2012 The kids who sneaked Game Boys under their desk in the ‘90s now have wrinkles and mortgages, but the games themselves have been preserved in amber. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The internet’s horrified with Detective Pikachu," 12 Nov. 2018 So the grandmother got an ironing board and smoothed out the wrinkles in the flag, which has stripes of pink, dark blue and purple. Ayana Archie And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "A grandma irons her granddaughter's Pride flag, and the internet swoons," 12 June 2018 In Troy, this latest dispute over secrecy has another wrinkle. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "As Troy revisits secret report, experts say public's right to know weak in Michigan," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 And, according to in-house clinical trials conducted by the manufacturer of matrixyl 300 (and, thus, definitely biased), the antioxidant led to a decrease in both wrinkle density and volume with consistent use. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Amazon's Baebody Eye Gel Has 13,000 Rave Reviews," 10 Oct. 2018 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

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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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