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

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 Police Commission adds another wrinkle to the equation, according Oakland Police Officer Association President Barry Donelan, who said the commission’s report and handling of its findings was unprecedented. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland Police Commission flexes muscle in ruling to fire five police officers," 19 July 2019 There is, however, another wrinkle to the situation. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Did state’s High Court intend for local governments to sidestep the law?," 10 July 2019 Another wrinkle in the debate is that the city wrongly paid some court salaries in 2018 using $64,000 worth of outside grant money the court received to help pay for its mental-health docket and computer programs. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "South Euclid Municipal Court sues city over funding cut," 3 July 2019 But there is another wrinkle: a new case, arising from Mr Hofeller’s files, claiming the citizenship question targets Hispanics and therefore violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court blocks a citizenship question on the 2020 census," 28 June 2019 Another wrinkle is that many residents see more value in competing systems. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "China's trial program to rate citizens on public behavior is a bureaucratic mess," 21 June 2019 The argument added another wrinkle — and for Galvin, a potential backup plan — in the high-profile dispute. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Does Sal DiMasi have to register as a lobbyist? The state says he already lobbied — illegally," 13 June 2019 Another wrinkle is that bond markets are pricing in multiple near-term rate cuts from the Fed, according to Belski. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Markets think the Fed will cut rates. Here's why that matters," 9 June 2019 But while a few months back, while on a date at Barcade with a handsome Brit, I was confronted with another wrinkle to that question. Maria Del Russo, The Cut, "But Actually, What Does ‘Single’ Really Mean?," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Years at sea have wrinkled his tanned olive skin, making him appear older than his forty years. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 That story wrinkle links fiction and real life as well for Early, who has taught students for nearly 30 years and is now at White Dragon Martial Arts in Mira Mesa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Former Chargers WR Quinn Early shifts from NFL to film," 18 June 2019 Pedro Reis, an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had long been interested in how things wrinkle. Quanta Magazine, "A Grand Theory of Wrinkles," 8 Apr. 2015 Some guests have watched each other get grey haired and wrinkled across the conference table but last week there were a few young faces peppering the crowd, a new generation. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago roundtable lets Big Ideas be shared the old-fashioned way, face to face," 5 June 2019 When told what happened after his round, Aaron Baddeley recoiled and wrinkled his nose. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson should be gone but officials turn a blind eye at the U.S. Open | Marcus Hayes," 16 June 2018 Having many vents all over the soleplate helps to distribute the steam, making de-wrinkling your clothing easier. Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping, "5 Tips for Buying a Steam Iron," 27 Jan. 2012 The system claims to maintain the quality of your clothes, too: Air vents in the bottom of slides let clothes breath, while spacers prevent delicate items from being crushed and wrinkled. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "This Magnetic Closet Organizer Might Actually Make You Hate Folding Less," 20 Nov. 2015 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

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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 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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