wrinkle

noun
wrin·​kle | \ˈriŋ-kəl \

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

2a : method, technique

b : a change in a customary procedure or method

c : something new or different : innovation

wrinkle

verb
wrinkled; wrinkling\ ˈriŋ-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for wrinkle

Synonyms: Noun

brainchild, coinage, concoction, contrivance, creation, innovation, invention

Synonyms: Verb

crinkle, crumple, rumple, scrunch

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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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

Because vitamin A increases the rate of collagen production, thin lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced in a matter of weeks. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Is This Vitamin the Secret to Smooth Skin?," 10 July 2018 Fromowitz says topical Vitamin C minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a firmer and smoother complexion. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Vitamin C Products for Having Clear, Healthy Skin," 29 June 2018 On Monday, President Trump nominated D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and sentient pair of wrinkle-free Dockers Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Never Mind, the Handmaid’s Tale Wine Has Been Canceled," 11 July 2018 During college, an acquaintance who took her wrinkle-fighting regimen very seriously told me she purposely didn’t spend much time outside. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "These Running Sunglasses Are the Only Ones I've Tried That Don't Slip or Bounce," 28 June 2018 Now wrinkles dig into their faces, Sharp as the rain. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "What Donald Hall Understood About Death," 26 June 2018 This isn’t to say Shanahan doesn’t employ switch releases or ghost action, or that McVay doesn’t use motion and formation wrinkles to decode a defense. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Sean McVay vs. Kyle Shanahan: The NFL’s Best New Coaching Rivalry," 18 June 2018 While the film clearly won't earn many points for originality, the enjoyable parts of this latest wrinkle on the heist movie ultimately manage to come away with a pretty solid score. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ocean's 8' delivers playful all-female spin on heist caper," 7 June 2018 For the frequent business traveler, one of the trickiest things about carrying on is keeping your clothing wrinkle-free. Kara Ladd, Popular Mechanics, "Upgrade Your Travel Gear With These New Bags From Genius Pack," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Polyester & Cotton-Poly Blend: Polyester and Cotton-Poly blend duvet covers are best for people who want a resistant fabric that does not wrinkle or fade over time. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018 And, according to in-house clinical trials conducted by the manufacturer of matrixyl 300 (and, thus, definitely biased), the antioxidant led to a decrease in both wrinkle density and volume with consistent use. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Amazon's Baebody Eye Gel Has 13,000 Rave Reviews," 10 Oct. 2018 In between dry cleaner drop-offs, use a steamer to de-wrinkle your suit. 2. Elana Lyn Gross, Cincinnati.com, "15 things you should never put in the washing machine," 5 July 2018 Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften and the skins begin to wrinkle. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018 The real touching moment came when her grandmother noticed her bisexual Pride flag was wrinkled as Lexie was getting ready for the parade. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "A Photo of a Grandmother Ironing a Pride Flag Went Viral," 13 June 2018 Like most linen items, these do tend to wrinkle a bit coming out of the dryer. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The right bedding can help you sleep soundly on hot summer nights," 29 May 2018 Karl Johnson, a precinct director for the Clark County Republican Party, wrinkled his nose and raised his eyebrows when asked about Mr. Heller’s prospects for re-election. New York Times, "Dean Heller, Buffeted on Both Sides, Tries to Save His Nevada Senate Seat," 13 May 2018 Good-bye to your fine tight curls, your brow wrinkled with thought. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "A Time To Die And Be Reborn: Poems By Priscilla Wear Ellsworth," 19 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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