wrinkle

1 [ring-kuhl]
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:
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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wrinkle1 (ˈrɪŋkəl)
 
n
1.  a slight ridge in the smoothness of a surface, such as a crease in the skin as a result of age
 
vb
2.  to make or become wrinkled, as by crumpling, creasing, or puckering
 
[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]
 
'wrinkleless1
 
adj
 
'wrinkly1
 
adj

wrinkle2 (ˈrɪŋkəl)
 
n
informal a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge
 
[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 & History

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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wrinkle definition


  1. n.
    a new idea; a new aspect of something. : Here's a clever wrinkle for you. Nobody has ever tried this one.
  2. n.
    a minor problem. : A wrinkle has developed in the Wilson proposal.
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Example sentences
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.
Large figures with wrinkled gray skin, unfamiliar flaps, impertinent hairs and heavy limbs.
Her wrinkled, tanned face crinkles into a bright smile.
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