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 wrinkle (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 wrinkle (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 There's a wide range of options on sale right now, from wrinkle-smoothing skincare to holiday-appropriate makeup—and the deals start at just $4. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Oct. 2021 But Bickerstaff used the 7-footer at small forward Friday night, introducing a bizarre but compelling new lineup and unconventional wrinkle for opponents to ponder. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 As designed by Lindgren and coach Jonathan Smith, the game plan featured runs to the boundary side of the field that OSU hadn’t used before — a wrinkle specifically for the Trojans. oregonlive, 28 Sep. 2021 Johns did not respond to O’Connell, but this week Rollins, his friend, revealed an intriguing wrinkle in an email to The Post. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 And another wrinkle: There aren’t nearly enough people studying these pathogens. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 25 Sep. 2021 Eligible families will receive up to $1,800 in cash through December — however, the tax credit has a wrinkle that may prompt some families to bypass the federal program. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 July 2021 For certain fabric types (check your care labels), the Steam Sanitize cycle uses high heat and kills 99.9% of household bacteria on your laundry, and also helps keep your laundry wrinkle free and soft. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 17 Sep. 2021 The first thing to try is an easy-to-make wrinkle releaser spray. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bodysuits cannot wrinkle, ride up, bunch, untuck, or unintentionally expose. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 Glycation occurs when sugar molecules attach onto fats and proteins and create advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which can make collagen and elastin proteins less supple -- and the skin more likely to wrinkle. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 June 2021 Steve Kerr’s face has aged over time, the stress from annual meetings with LeBron James for the NBA’s biggest prize enough to make some blond hair turn gray and wrinkle his smooth skin. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Among critics, noses may wrinkle, but dealers, galleries, and artists are racing to find their way in. Matthew Schneier, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Advertisements say silk’s smooth surface won’t wrinkle or crease the skin, which causes fine lines to form. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Reports that so many mutations have arisen all at once in the new coronavirus—and that these mutations could have epidemiological consequences—add an important, but so far unappreciated, wrinkle to these deliberations. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, 24 Dec. 2020 And maintaining the precise twist is awkward, as the sheets tend to wrinkle, disrupting the magic angle. Charlie Wood, Science | AAAS, 19 Nov. 2020 This breakdown causes the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 5 Nov. 2020

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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 20 Oct. 2021.

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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 wrinkle (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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