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 But this adds a new wrinkle for the Department of Justice to consider as Attorney General Merrick Garland weighs charging Trump with a crime. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 His departure adds yet another wrinkle to an offseason that could dramatically reshape the Ravens’ roster and set a new course for their future. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 24 Jan. 2022 The departure of Brian Kelly to Notre Dame adds another wrinkle to the evaluation. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 3 Dec. 2021 Duvet covers made of polyester fibers are typically more affordable than those made with natural fibers and are also more wrinkle-resistant and durable. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 26 Aug. 2022 Oftentimes, a dual threat quarterback would add a wrinkle to the run game, freeing up room for other backs. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The implication of political support for insurrectionists is sure to add a deep wrinkle into how Republicans running for office in 2022 align themselves with the former president, both in Texas and across the country. Rick Klein, ABC News, 31 Jan. 2022 Crypto tokens, because they are built on different technology that doesn’t always allow transactions to be reversed (in the event of fraud, for example), add another wrinkle to this service. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 India’s quixotic courts—often manned by economically illiterate judges with sweeping powers—add another wrinkle to the process. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This Classic Fit Deck Pant by Nautica doesn’t wrinkle easily and pairs nicely with a short-sleeve shirt and the right pair of dress shoes. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 However, the sheets held up well in the wash and didn't wrinkle or fade. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Aug. 2022 The packing cubes are ideal to keep your clothes compact and wrinkle free while traveling. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 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 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 1 Oct. 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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