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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
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Examples from the web for wrinkled
  • Its long, leathery neck can stretch to the length of a baseball bat or recoil to a wrinkled nub.
  • The distinctive, deeply wrinkled outer surface is the cerebral cortex, which consists of gray matter.
  • Her wrinkled, tanned face crinkles into a bright smile.
  • The intricate design of a kilt can be wrinkled and ruffled easily during travel.
  • He got dressed in silence, he made sure his tie was straight and his jacket wasn't wrinkled.
  • Rolling clothing decreases the amount of surface area exposed to touch, which decreases the likelihood of it becoming wrinkled.
  • She knew him, and wrinkled her nose and drew her upper lip back from her worn teeth, to show that she liked being petted.
  • He wore his derby on the back of his head, and his red face was wrinkled with meaningless laughter.
  • It puckered and wrinkled a little and could therefore express annoyance or a suppressed impulse to laugh, possibly both together.
  • Large figures with wrinkled gray skin, unfamiliar flaps, impertinent hairs and heavy limbs.
British Dictionary definitions for wrinkled

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 wrinkled

wrinkle

v.

c.1400 (implied in wrinkling), probably from stem of Old English gewrinclod "wrinkled, crooked, winding," past participle of gewrinclian "to wind, crease," from perfective prefix ge- + -wrinclian "to wind," from Proto-Germanic *wrankjan (see wrench (v.)). Related: Wrinkled.

n.

"fold or crease in the extenal body," late 14c.; in cloth or clothing from early 15c., probably from wrinkle (v.). Meaning "defect, problem" first recorded 1640s; that of "idea, device, notion" (especially a new one) is from 1817.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wrinkled

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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