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 As the threat of coronavirus adds a new wrinkle to America’s already dismal election infrastructure, the vote at home approach deserves to have a moment. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary," 10 Mar. 2020 The late-season pickups among the Clippers (Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, Joakim Noah) and Lakers (Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters) could add a wrinkle. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Lakers, Clippers meet in NBA playoffs, outcome impossible to predict," 9 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, County Commissioner Elba Garcia has added another wrinkle to Brown’s personnel shortage. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Two candidates challenging sheriff in Dallas County primary race," 25 Feb. 2020 In an added wrinkle to the study, Corps personnel were denied access to a railroad embankment used by Union Pacific and BNSF Railway on the western border of the study area. oregonlive, "The pricey problem with Portland’s levees," 14 Feb. 2020 Incorporating fringe benefits into the picture adds another wrinkle. David Salkever, The Conversation, "Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts," 7 Feb. 2020 Though there was no sign of Andrew, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco added a new wrinkle to the manhunt, one that left at least a glimmer of hope that Andrew may still be alive. al, "Florida triple murder suspect found dead; baby still missing," 29 Jan. 2020 This attack—targeting members of a non-profit association—is just the latest wrinkle in that trend, borrowing the tactics, if not the precision, of big-dollar targeted attacks against corporations. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Anatomy of a dumb spear-phish: Hitting librarians up for Zelle, CashApp cash," 19 Feb. 2020 The schedule is another wrinkle in what’s been the most unpredictable primary race in years. Dallas News, "Texas has record voter numbers, but primary schedule makes it hard for presidential contenders to mobilize them," 15 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 28 Mar. 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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