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

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 This reduction can lead to visible wrinkles and loss of firmness. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Niacinamide, According to Skincare Pros," 28 Apr. 2020 For an easy at-home peel, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel uses seven acids to reduce the look of acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Expert Advice on Keeping Your Skin Happy and Healthy While Working From Home," 27 Apr. 2020 Andi Dorfman!—returning in 30 years, complete with some more wrinkles and many more intros about how their Heart is Still Open to Love. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Wait, Is a 'Bachelor' Spin-Off for Seniors Really Happening?," 25 Feb. 2020 Over the past 50 years, Ron Adams’ life slipped into a familiar routine: meeting new players, flying from city to city, studying opponents’ tendencies, adding defensive wrinkles. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Ron Adams is traveling less, but he’s still a big asset for the Warriors," 25 Jan. 2020 More than 20 years after she was featured on that Elle cover, the definition of beauty has continued to expand, making room for women of color, obese women, women with vitiligo, bald women, women with gray hair and wrinkles. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 Since it was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox has become the go-to injectable treatment for combating wrinkles and fine lines. Harper's BAZAAR, "What is a Botox Lip Flip? Experts Weigh In.," 26 Dec. 2019 Quick Hits + Phillip Lindsay: Broncos surprised by Chiefs’ defensive wrinkles. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Who are Denver’s options to replace the struggling Garett Bolles at left tackle?," 20 Oct. 2019 Christian Caple of The Athletic: Washington’s defensive wrinkles pay off in their victory over the Trojans. oregonlive, "Putting together a winning program at Oregon State is difficult, not impossible: Issues & Answers," 29 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His tags and badges and everything were on it the way they were supposed to be and his clothes were never wrinkled. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'He did not pass alone:' Floyd County COVID-19 patient dies surrounded by 'medical family'," 11 Apr. 2020 The researchers suggest that future versions might be made of a material that wrinkles when wet—like human fingers do—increasing the ability to grip. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Sweating Robot Beats the Heat," 31 Jan. 2020 In just two minutes, the UrPower Garment Steamer releases a stream of hot steam to de-wrinkle your clothes. Popular Science, "Four compact steamers to easily smooth out your clothes," 29 Jan. 2020 Though some traditionalists wrinkle their noses at seeing the word themself in a newspaper article, this usage has been around for some 600 years, and people employ it every day in conversation. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "This Is Why Singular ‘They’ Is Such a Controversial Subject," 13 Dec. 2019 For taste and olfactory receptors in the mouth and nose, this cascade causes neurons to fire and enables us to recognize everything from the rich sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie to the nose-wrinkling stench of a passing skunk. Quanta Magazine, "Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses," 15 Nov. 2019 In the sequel film El Camino (streaming now on Netflix), Paul’s drowning in a beard, wrinkled with dirt-dust. Darren Franich, EW.com, "El Camino is the Breaking Bad finale for everyone who thought Jesse got a raw deal," 11 Oct. 2019 Collagen for arthritis and healing wounds Starting in our 20s, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, "Drinking collagen has health benefits—but don’t put it in your coffee," 5 Oct. 2019 Collagen for arthritis and healing wounds Starting in our 20s, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, "Drinking collagen has health benefits—but don’t put it in your coffee," 5 Oct. 2019

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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 24 May. 2020.

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wrinkle

noun
How to pronounce wrinkle (audio)

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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