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

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

More recently, the company had been expected to consider a potential split amid looming competition for wrinkle treatment Botox, according to Mizuho Securities analyst Irina Koffler. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Humira maker AbbVie to acquire Botox maker Allergan for $63 billion," 25 June 2019 Master folding a shirt (with rolling incorporated!) to avoid the worst of wrinkles at home or while traveling. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "How to Fold a Shirt, from the Pinch Method to the Chest Fold," 24 June 2019 Then came the final wrinkle in LSU’s long Monday night. Brody Miller, nola.com, "A roller-coaster 2 days of the MLB Draft for Paul Mainieri and LSU," 4 June 2019 And there’s one interesting wrinkle in this story as well: Metro Exodus has already been available for preorder from a number of storefronts. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 The sunlight has settled sideways into the wrinkles of the canyon. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "In the glow of a mountain campsite that’s closer than you’d believe," 13 June 2019 Available in 36 shades (with more than one-third matching medium, medium/deep, and deep complexions), the oil-free, paraben free foundation is crafted with Vita-Serum Complex, which is designed to promote hydration and fight wrinkles. Shalwah Evans & Julee Wilson, Essence, "Pat McGrath Launches Sublime Foundation With 36 Shades," 13 June 2019 What are some of the major causes of forehead wrinkles? Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Treating Forehead Wrinkles," 11 June 2019 That wrinkle is going to have to take place between four and six years. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "What Khalil Mack took from his chat with Hall of Famer Richard Dent at the Bears100 Celebration," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Years at sea have wrinkled his tanned olive skin, making him appear older than his forty years. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 That story wrinkle links fiction and real life as well for Early, who has taught students for nearly 30 years and is now at White Dragon Martial Arts in Mira Mesa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Former Chargers WR Quinn Early shifts from NFL to film," 18 June 2019 Pedro Reis, an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had long been interested in how things wrinkle. Quanta Magazine, "A Grand Theory of Wrinkles," 8 Apr. 2015 Some guests have watched each other get grey haired and wrinkled across the conference table but last week there were a few young faces peppering the crowd, a new generation. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago roundtable lets Big Ideas be shared the old-fashioned way, face to face," 5 June 2019 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

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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 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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