wrinkle 1[ring-kuh l] ExamplesWord Origin 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), wrin·kled, wrin·kling.

  1. to form wrinkles in; corrugate; crease: Don’t wrinkle your dress.

verb (used without object), wrin·kled, wrin·kling.

  1. to become wrinkled.

Origin of wrinkle 1 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 Related Words for wrinkling scrunch, rumple, pucker, crease, crumple, corrugation, gather, ridge, tuck, plica, line, contraction, pleat, depression, furrow, crisp, compress, purse, twist, ruck Examples from the Web for wrinkling Contemporary Examples of wrinkling

  • Khan looks youthful—even at 29, she seems like a teen—peeking out from underneath chunky bangs and wrinkling her button nose.

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    May 7, 2009

  • Historical Examples of wrinkling

  • “Well,” she said, compressing her lips, and wrinkling her forehead in resignation.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • “Oh, this dreadful war,” Mullally exclaimed, wrinkling his features.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Judith as she kissed him was wrinkling her smooth brows at him.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • Mayo studied his passenger for some time, wrinkling his brows.

    Blow The Man Down

    Holman Day

  • “I don’t seem to get hold of it, yet,” said Eunice, wrinkling her forehead.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

  • British Dictionary definitions for wrinkling wrinkle 1 noun

    1. a slight ridge in the smoothness of a surface, such as a crease in the skin as a result of age


    1. to make or become wrinkled, as by crumpling, creasing, or puckering

    Derived Formswrinkleless, adjectivewrinkly, adjectiveWord Origin for wrinkle 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 wrinkle 2 noun

    1. informal a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge

    Word Origin for wrinkle Old English wrenc trick; related to Middle Low German wrank struggle, Middle High German ranc sudden turn. See wrench Word Origin and History for wrinkling 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.

    wrinkle 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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