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wrinkle

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noun wrin·kle \ˈriŋ-kəl\

Definition of wrinkle

  1. 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

  2. 2 a :  method, technique b :  a change in a customary procedure or method c :  something new or different :  innovation

  3. 3 :  imperfection, irregularity

wrinkly

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of wrinkle in a sentence

  1. Here's the latest wrinkle in the story—we find out that the villain is actually the hero's father!

  2. He has added some new wrinkles to his game.

Origin and Etymology of wrinkle

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-


First Known Use: 14th century


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wrinkle

verb wrin·kle

Definition of wrinkle

wrinkled

wrinkling

play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to contract into wrinkles :  pucker

Examples of wrinkle in a sentence

  1. Moisture caused the wallpaper to wrinkle and peel.

  2. His brow wrinkled as he thought about the question.

  3. Try not to wrinkle your trousers.

15th Century

First Known Use of wrinkle

15th century



WRINKLE Defined for English Language Learners

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wrinkle

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noun wrin·kle \ˈriŋ-kəl\

Definition of wrinkle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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wrinkle

verb wrin·kle

Definition of wrinkle for English Language Learners

  • : to develop wrinkles

  • : to cause (something) to develop wrinkles


WRINKLE Defined for Kids

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wrinkle

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noun wrin·kle \ˈriŋ-kəl\

Definition of wrinkle for Students

  1. 1 :  a crease or small fold (as in the skin or in cloth)

  2. 2 :  a clever notion or trick <She thought up a new wrinkle for the game.>

  3. 3 :  a surprise in a story or series of events


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wrinkle

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verb wrin·kle

Definition of wrinkle for Students

wrinkled

wrinkling

  1. :  to develop or cause to develop creases or small folds


Medical Dictionary

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wrinkle

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noun wrin·kle \ˈriŋ-kəl\

Medical Definition of wrinkle

  1. :  a small ridge or furrow in the skin especially when due to age, worry, or fatigue


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wrinkle

verb wrin·kle

Medical Definition of wrinkle

wrinkled

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wrinkling

\-k(ə-)liŋ\play
  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to contract into wrinkles <wrinkled skin>



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