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[ring-klee] /ˈrɪŋ kli/
adjective, wrinklier, wrinkliest.
having wrinkles or tending to wrinkle; creased; puckery:
a wrinkly material.
Origin of wrinkly
1565-75; wrinkle1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You've got a beard, and your forehead is all criss-cross and wrinkly, and your chin rough.

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • Mr. Benjamin has a wrinkly smile, and Mrs. Benjamin is so understanding.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • The stiff, wrinkly oil-painting must be hard and cold to cry into.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
  • And they had such romantic, crinkly, wrinkly, leathery faces.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • Home, and children that need you, and depend on you to keep them alive, and turn to you with their wrinkly little smiles.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • He thrust out his long arm and snatched his wrinkly vest from a chair.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • His coat was smooth and glossy, not rough and wrinkly like Old Rattlers, and his upraised head was small and pretty—for a snake.

  • Something wiggily, and black and yellow and red-spotted with wrinkly legs and a long snaky neck and head.

Word Origin and History for wrinkly

1580s, from wrinkle + -y (2). As teen slang noun for "old person," from 1972 (a British reference from 1982 applies it to people in their 40s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wrinkly



  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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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