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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Stone’s request for a delay adds a new wrinkle to a case that has become a political lightning rod. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "Citing pandemic, prosecutors back a 60-day delay for Roger Stone to report to prison," 26 June 2020 Despite this fresh wrinkle, Holcomb's set on pinning the crime on the dad. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason series premiere recap: Gritty reboot gets off to gruesome start," 22 June 2020 Nonetheless, sales of lightweight pants, utility jackets, and other garments made with innovative materials like wrinkle-resistant Invista and body-temperature-regulating Coolmax, have reportedly been high during the pandemic. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business," 22 June 2020 The coronavirus adds a new wrinkle to the debate over eminent domain as companies continue to work through the pandemic, vexing landowners. Popular Science, "Landowners say pipelines are being constructed in their backyards with little regard for COVID-19," 18 June 2020 This new wrinkle, mixed with Part 2's sprawling approach to protagonists and supporting characters, perhaps looks best through the lens of other modern zombie television series. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 Untuckit has wrinkle-free, casual shirts that look good not neatly tucked into pants. oregonlive, "Father’s Day: 10 gift ideas to dress up dads," 12 June 2020 Adding an extra wrinkle is that Ardern needs a much bigger win than in 2017. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Jacinda Ardern Helped New Zealand Beat Coronavirus. Next Up: Getting Re-Elected," 12 June 2020 The hurricane season projections are coming on top of the COVID-19 epidemic this year, which adds a new, very large wrinkle to evacuation or sheltering plans should the worst happen and a hurricane makes a beeline for the U.S. coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane season 2020 officially begins today, but it’s already been busy," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The artists worked hard to get her clothes to wrinkle authentically, while one sound designer invented a system that tracks Ellie's exertion level and plays respiratory audio effects to match. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 This helps fabrics bounce back from the creasing and wrinkling the spin cycle can cause. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Ultra Downy Free & Gentle Liquid Fabric Softener," 4 May 2020 So many of the smiles tiptoe right up to the point of happy, but not too happy, because too happy makes your cheeks wrinkle or your chin double or your eyes crinkle. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Permission to look old, the power of ‘I don’t know’ and other gifts I’m giving myself this birthday," 23 Oct. 2019 His tags and badges and everything were on it the way they were supposed to be and his clothes were never wrinkled. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'He did not pass alone:' Floyd County COVID-19 patient dies surrounded by 'medical family'," 11 Apr. 2020 The researchers suggest that future versions might be made of a material that wrinkles when wet—like human fingers do—increasing the ability to grip. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Sweating Robot Beats the Heat," 31 Jan. 2020 In just two minutes, the UrPower Garment Steamer releases a stream of hot steam to de-wrinkle your clothes. Popular Science, "Four compact steamers to easily smooth out your clothes," 29 Jan. 2020 Though some traditionalists wrinkle their noses at seeing the word themself in a newspaper article, this usage has been around for some 600 years, and people employ it every day in conversation. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "This Is Why Singular ‘They’ Is Such a Controversial Subject," 13 Dec. 2019 For taste and olfactory receptors in the mouth and nose, this cascade causes neurons to fire and enables us to recognize everything from the rich sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie to the nose-wrinkling stench of a passing skunk. Quanta Magazine, "Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of wrinkle was in the 14th century

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“Wrinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrinkle. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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wrinkle

noun
How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)

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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