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 wrinkle (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

Other Words from wrinkle

Noun

wrinkly \ ˈriŋ-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce wrinkle (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The park protects the bizarre Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Okay, so peptide creams can’t match the wrinkle-busting power of Botox and lasers. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 27 July 2022 The secret to this rich, moisturizing sauce is retinol, an ingredient known for its wrinkle-targeting properties. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 17 July 2022 This top-loading washing machine has a wrinkle-control cycle, which helps to prevent wrinkles by washing laundry in warm water on a low spin cycle. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2022 The personal story of Mr. Storch and his wife has another wrinkle as well. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Even with a small price tag, the Black + Decker Vitessa ICR2020 tied for first place in our wrinkle removal tests. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 The Final Girl stands close enough to observe the peach-pit wrinkle of the skin. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 The funding around Heavener had an unexpected wrinkle. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And while some percale sheets wrinkle easily, these were noticeably less creased than others. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The stretch fabric is unlikely to wrinkle and crease on a plane or even in a suitcase, which allows for easy, worry-free travel. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 Packing cubes keep all your clothes still, so items are actually less likely to wrinkle. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Think ahead and choose work clothes that won’t wrinkle to avoid taking home a gargantuan laundry load at the end of your week. Wes Judd, Outside Online, 26 May 2017 Even after multiple washes, the sheets won't shrink or wrinkle, plus the fabric won't pill over time. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Researchers expected to see the cells wrinkle and compress in the final growth step. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 For starters, skin tends to wrinkle based on its normal daily function. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Bodysuits cannot wrinkle, ride up, bunch, untuck, or unintentionally expose. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrinkle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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 wrinkle (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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