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
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 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 fabric’s made with a wrinkle-resistant finish that had the smoothest appearance after laundering in our tests. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Duvet Covers, According to Textile Experts," 21 Dec. 2018 The allegations are the latest wrinkle in the Manhattan district attorney’s case. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Weinstein Accuser Texted Filmmaker After Alleged Assault, Lawyer Claims," 5 Nov. 2018 And then the wrinkle, Democrats leaked the name of Christine Ford to the press. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 The Huskies’ new blitzing tendencies, especially from defensive backs, is through two games the most apparent wrinkle added to the Huskies’ defensive schemes by Lake in his first season as the play-caller. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW safety Taylor Rapp has long been wreaking havoc in the secondary. Now he’s doing it in the backfield too," 11 Sep. 2018 Since this just the first version of GLAS, hopefully Johnson Controls will be able to iron out the wrinkles and add more features as time goes on. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat has more beauty than brains," 29 Aug. 2018 Galanopoulos could iron the many wrinkles in Uganda’s available Synergy clips and YouTube footage. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 Scheduling and the Florida High School Athletic Association pitch count policy have been among the wrinkles to game plans for area coaches this month. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Field conditions postpone Timber Creek baseball region final to Wednesday," 22 May 2018 The judges love Aquaria in the skit but don't think her runway look reads as old — despite the hair and the face and the wrinkles and the walk and the shoes. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Two to make it right," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The eeriest resemblance here comes from K.J. Apa, who clearly put some time into learning Luke Perry’s forehead-wrinkling school of emoting. Constance Grady, Vox, "Riverdale’s return to the ’90s is the show at its nonsensical batshit best," 11 Nov. 2018 Sitting on the very edge of the first couch was a young man, hair uncombed, T-shirt wrinkled, emitting a faint odor of sweat. Crumbs of breakfast cereal cast a pebbled road across his chest. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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