wrinkle

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noun

wrin·​kle ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)
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
2
b
: a change in a customary procedure or method
c
: something new or different : innovation
3
wrinkly adjective

wrinkle

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verb

wrinkled; wrinkling ˈriŋ-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

transitive verb

: to contract into wrinkles : pucker

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
There was a small hitch in the unveiling, as the left side didn’t fall in unison with the right side, creating a wrinkle on the banner. David Ammenheuser, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Mar. 2024 The products contain hyaluronic acid microspheres to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, along with a peptide complex to enhance youthful skin, fatty acids to help protect and restore, and collagen stabilizer to help moisturize and provide a smoothing effect. Dahvi Shira, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 This one also works to fight lines and wrinkles with the help of botanicals. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 27 Mar. 2024 With regular use, our skin looked a little tighter, with more blurred fine lines and wrinkles. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 These skincare products can hydrate the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent acne. Lisa Desantis, Health, 22 Mar. 2024 Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is a popular skincare ingredient that is used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on aging skin. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 12 Mar. 2024 The extra bodies gave Bednar more options for the bottom two lines, but now O’Connor’s injury adds a new wrinkle. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 11 Mar. 2024 This garment is constructed from a lightweight linen blend that gives the construction a little more durability and helps prevent the wrinkles that so often come with a 100 percent linen garment. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024
Verb
The Texas Rangers took some humorous flak on opening day for the reveal of their championship banner which was wrinkled and slightly askew. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Mar. 2024 According to buyers, the lightweight shirt doesn't wrinkle easily the way others do. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Microfiber means this set won't wrinkle easily, either. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 16 Mar. 2024 In more recent photos, his skin appears wrinkled and yellow, his open eyes look hollow, and his skeleton is clearly visible. Zaina Arafat, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 And, of course, anything that wrinkles or creases easily should go on a hanger. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 His mask, which covered his entire head and face, looked shockingly realistic with white hair, bushy eyebrows, wrinkles around the mouth and a full mustache. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 If your curtains get especially wrinkled, taking them down and ironing them out every once in a while will keep them looking fresh. Amanda Lauren, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Dec. 2023 The waffle weave doesn’t wrinkle, so there’s no need to get your iron out. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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-

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wrinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrinkle. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wrinkle

1 of 2 noun
wrin·​kle ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)
1
: a crease or small fold on a surface (as of the skin or a piece of cloth)
2
: a clever or new method, trick, or idea
wrinkly adjective

wrinkle

2 of 2 verb
wrinkled; wrinkling -k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)
: to develop or cause to develop wrinkles

Medical Definition

wrinkle

1 of 2 noun
wrin·​kle ˈriŋ-kəl How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)
: a small ridge or furrow in the skin especially when due to age, worry, or fatigue

wrinkle

2 of 2 verb
wrinkled; wrinkling -k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

transitive verb

: to contract into wrinkles
wrinkled skin

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