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 Adding aircraft into the mix injects a new, economically fraught wrinkle. NBC News, "Wine, cheese… and planes: Experts say Trump opens a dangerous new front in EU tariff fight," 18 Oct. 2019 The surf was mellow that day, and the ocean stretched out flat, knit with small wrinkles, like the back of a weathered hand. Josh Marcus, Outside Online, "Has Overtourism Killed Big Sur?," 3 Oct. 2019 Compared with their original baseline, participants showed an improvement in signs of aging—specifically, wrinkles around the eyes—after eight weeks. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Hyaluronic Acid Benefits: This Ingredient Is a Skin-Care Superstar for Good Reason," 3 Oct. 2019 In subsequent years, each coach added his own wrinkles. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders, Vikings defenses: Similar in scheme, different in ‘continuity’," 20 Sep. 2019 Their main reasons for using a sun umbrella were to avoid wrinkles, protect their skin and, last, minimize the risk of skin cancer. Jonathan Coopersmith, Quartzy, "Americans are not using umbrellas as they were intended," 14 Sep. 2019 His calls, with all their wrinkles, are difficult for a QB to process and an offensive play-caller to anticipate. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Vic Fangio Expected to Elevate Broncos’ D, But Joe Flacco and the Offense Will Struggle," 19 Aug. 2019 Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York has added a wrinkle. Fortune, "Congress Is Back. Here’s What’s on Its To-Do List," 9 Sep. 2019 Tanner’s running ability will add a wrinkle to the Kentwood offense. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Mick McCabe's top 25 teams for 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tufts University engineers have developed a silk material that has the ability to wrinkle into highly detailed patterns, and then unwrinkle itself, ready to be imprinted with a new design all over again. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Silk That Wrinkles, Unwrinkles, and Then Wrinkles Some More," 9 Oct. 2019 De-wrinkling large items, like tablecloths and draperies, is particularly easy and speedy with this iron. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 Pepper seeds are ready when the fruit is fully mature and starts to wrinkle. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 The Ravens will enter their preseason finale Thursday night against the Washington Redskins with 53-man-roster spots to settle, schematic ideas to wrinkle out, and the NFL’s most interesting and least significant dynasty to maintain. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Inside the Ravens’ extremely impressive, mostly insignificant 16-game preseason winning streak," 26 Aug. 2019 These spacetime ripples were predicted more than a century ago by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which suggested that the collision of two extremely massive bodies would cause the very fabric of the universe to wrinkle. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Astronomers probably just saw a black hole swallow a dead star," 16 Aug. 2019 There are lots of techno fabrics that don’t wrinkle. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "For two weeks’ vacation, all you need is a carry-on and these handy travel tips," 30 July 2019 Use a slotted spoon to lower them into the saucepan and, as soon as their skin begins to wrinkle after about 15 seconds, lift them out with the spoon and transfer to the ice water. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 Celebrities like Drake, LeBron James and the Jonas Brothers all posted edited snapshots on social media showing their graying hair and wrinkling skin, as did millions of other users across the country. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Schumer calls for investigation into FaceApp over security concerns and Russia ties," 18 July 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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of wrinkle was in the 14th century

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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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