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 Microneedling Microneedling is a great way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without significant downtime. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "3 Quick Procedures to Rejuvenate Your Look," 12 Mar. 2020 Thanks to this, peptides can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—but that’s not all. Rebecca Norris, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here’s Why Peptides Deserve to Be Part of Your Skin Care Routine," 28 Feb. 2020 Occasionally the right and left halves of a zipper will become misaligned, causing a wrinkle in the zipper. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix a Zipper," 22 Feb. 2020 Albeit with a significant wrinkle Cassidy and GM Don Sweeney intentionally worked into the equation over the last month, starting with the reassigning of forwards Brett Ritchie (now in Providence) and David Backes (now in a career holding pattern). Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Anton Blidh makes impression blocking shots," 2 Feb. 2020 Retinols help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming by promoting cell turnover in the skin. NBC News, "How to reduce dark under-eye circles, according to dermatologists," 29 Jan. 2020 This claims to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles while keeping the skin hydrated. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Hailey Bieber Just Shared Her $995 Skincare Routine and I’m Living For It," 15 Jan. 2020 The Persian silk tree bark extract can help reduce the look of puffiness, dark circles and crows feet, with palmitoyl glycine helping fade the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "The 20 best under-eye concealers, according to celebrity makeup artists," 26 Dec. 2019 Noninvasive chemical peels rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful glow while fillers and injections can smooth lines and wrinkles. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Beauty & Wellness winners," 6 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of wrinkle was in the 14th century

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“Wrinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrinkle. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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