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wrinkle1

[ring-kuh l] /ˈrɪŋ kəl/
noun
1.
a small furrow or crease in the skin, especially of the face, as from aging or frowning.
2.
a temporary slight ridge or furrow on a surface, due to contraction, folding, crushing, or the like.
verb (used with object), wrinkled, wrinkling.
3.
to form wrinkles in; corrugate; crease:
Don't wrinkle your dress.
verb (used without object), wrinkled, wrinkling.
4.
to become wrinkled.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (noun), back formation from wrinkled, Old English gewrinclod, past participle of gewrinclian to wind round; perhaps akin to wrick, wrench

wrinkle2

[ring-kuh l] /ˈrɪŋ kəl/
noun, Informal.
1.
an ingenious trick or device; a clever innovation:
a new advertising wrinkle.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English, equivalent to wrinc trick (Old English wrenc; see wrench) + -le
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Examples for wrinkle
  • It said thanks for the opportunity to talk and for one particular wrinkle to the interview that was courteous, in my opinion.
  • Certainly correct, too, but public policy is nowhere near debating that last wrinkle.
  • Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
  • Even the practice of scattering ashes at sea has a new wrinkle.
  • Frequent hot bathing causing for wrinkle the skin and falling of the hair.
  • The more interesting wrinkle, however, is the mechanism by which you control the creature.
  • Pew's study this week adds an interesting wrinkle to the story.
  • Despite that wrinkle, this piece of research marks a turning point.
  • One interesting wrinkle is that studies of natural disasters tend to be paid for by insurance companies.
  • One other wrinkle this won't solve is the faulty perception of systemic risks.
British Dictionary definitions for wrinkle

wrinkle1

/ˈrɪŋkəl/
noun
1.
a slight ridge in the smoothness of a surface, such as a crease in the skin as a result of age
verb
2.
to make or become wrinkled, as by crumpling, creasing, or puckering
Derived Forms
wrinkleless, adjective
wrinkly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: back formation from wrinkled, from Old English gewrinclod, past participle of wrinclian to wind around; related to Swedish vrinka to sprain, Lithuanian reñgti to twist. See wrench

wrinkle2

/ˈrɪŋkəl/
noun
1.
(informal) a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge
Word Origin
Old English wrenc trick; related to Middle Low German wrank struggle, Middle High German ranc sudden turn. See wrench
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Word Origin and History for wrinkle
wrinkle
late 14c. (in wrinkling), probably from stem of O.E. gewrinclod "wrinkled, crooked, winding," pp. of gewrinclian "to wind, crease," from perfective prefix ge- + -wrinclian "to wind," from P.Gmc. *wrankjan (see wrench (v.)). Meaning "defect, problem" first recorded 1640s; that of "idea, device, notion" (especially a new one) is from 1817. The verb is attested from 1520s.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wrinkle

wrinkle

noun
  1. An idea, device, trick, notion, style, etc, esp anewone: Wearing that thing sideways is a nice wrinkle (1817+)
  2. A defect or problem, esp a minor one; bug: The plan's still got a few wrinkles, nothing we can't handle (1643+)

[origin of first sense unknown; perhaps fr the same semantic impulse as twist in a similar sense, referring to a quick shift in course; perhaps a reference to a lack of plain simplicity in dress or decoration, and the prevalence of stylish pleats, folds, etc, since the earliest form is without all wrinkles; second sense fr the notion of ironing the wrinkles out of something]


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