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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among those strolling with their masks down were Karla Libby and her daughter Sloan, 7, who were visiting the city from Tucson, Ariz., — and the mask-less freedom wasn’t the only new wrinkle for them. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 The impending free agency of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez adds a complicated wrinkle to Hoyer and the front office’s decisions in the coming weeks. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 The labor market was relatively tight before the pandemic stuck in early 2020, with an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, but the rise of noncash offerings is a new wrinkle. New York Times, 8 June 2021 That adds yet another wrinkle as court officials seek to resume a backlog of jury trials that have been postponed since the onset of the pandemic that has killed nearly 20,000 Ohioans. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 1 June 2021 But new research adds a strange anatomical wrinkle to the love life of an Amazonian species called the dragon mantis. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2021 Fact-checking stories from internet users—and ensuring real-life figures are depicted fairly—adds another wrinkle to the development process. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2021 The schedule change adds one more wrinkle to the Cardinals’ plans, though. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 24 Nov. 2020 And if there is a wrinkle in his game, Varlamov is there to smooth it out. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Glycation occurs when sugar molecules attach onto fats and proteins and create advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which can make collagen and elastin proteins less supple -- and the skin more likely to wrinkle. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 June 2021 Steve Kerr’s face has aged over time, the stress from annual meetings with LeBron James for the NBA’s biggest prize enough to make some blond hair turn gray and wrinkle his smooth skin. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Among critics, noses may wrinkle, but dealers, galleries, and artists are racing to find their way in. Matthew Schneier, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Advertisements say silk’s smooth surface won’t wrinkle or crease the skin, which causes fine lines to form. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Reports that so many mutations have arisen all at once in the new coronavirus—and that these mutations could have epidemiological consequences—add an important, but so far unappreciated, wrinkle to these deliberations. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, 24 Dec. 2020 And maintaining the precise twist is awkward, as the sheets tend to wrinkle, disrupting the magic angle. Charlie Wood, Science | AAAS, 19 Nov. 2020 This breakdown causes the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 5 Nov. 2020 Plus, due to its caliber, Pima is doesn’t wrinkle easily, not unlike the fancy Sea Island breed. Grace Cook, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2020

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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