wrinkle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, back-formation from wrinkled twisted, winding, probably from Old English gewrinclod, past participle of gewrinclian to wind, from ge-, perfective prefix + -wrinclian (akin to wrencan to wrench) — more at co- Date: 14th century 1. a small ridge or furrow especially when formed on a surface by the shrinking or contraction of a smooth substance ; crease; specifically one in the skin especially when due to age, worry, or fatigue 2. a. method, technique b. a change in a customary procedure or method c. something new or different ; innovation 3. imperfection, irregularitywrinkly adjective II. verb (wrinkled; wrinkling) Date: 15th century intransitive verb to become marked with or contracted into wrinkles transitive verb to contract into wrinkles ; pucker

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  • Wrinkle — Wrin kle, n. [OE. wrinkil, AS. wrincle; akin to OD. wrinckel, and prob. to Dan. rynke, Sw. rynka, Icel. hrukka, OHG. runza, G. runzel, L. ruga. ????.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small ridge, prominence, or furrow formed by the shrinking or contraction… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrinkle — Wrin kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrinkled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrinkling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To contract into furrows and prominences; to make a wrinkle or wrinkles in; to corrugate; as, wrinkle the skin or the brow. Sport that wrinkled Care derides …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrinkle — wrinkle1 [riŋ′kəl] n. [ME wrinkel, a wrinkle, prob. back form. < wrinkled < OE (ge)wrinclod, pp. of (ge)wrinclian, to wind about, akin to wringan, to press, WRING] 1. a small ridge or furrow in a normally smooth surface, caused by… …   English World dictionary

  • wrinkle — [n] crinkle, fold contraction, corrugation, crease, crow’s foot*, crumple, depression, furrow, gather, line, pleat, plica, pucker, ridge, rimple, rumple, tuck; concepts 418,513 Ant. smoothness wrinkle [v] crinkle, fold compress, corrugate, crease …   New thesaurus

  • Wrinkle — Wrin kle, n. A winkle. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrinkle — Wrin kle, v. i. To shrink into furrows and ridges. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrinkle — index artifice, contort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wrinkle — ► NOUN 1) a slight line or fold, especially in fabric or the skin of the face. 2) informal a minor difficulty. 3) informal a clever innovation, or useful piece of information or advice. ► VERB ▪ make or become wrinkled. DERIVATIVES wrinkled… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wrinkle — A wrinkle is a ridge or crease of a surface. It usually refers to folds on fabric or clothes, or on the skin of an organism; the folds are generally random and do not exhibit any repeating pattern. In skin or other foldable material a wrinkle or… …   Wikipedia

  • wrinkle — n. crease 1) to make a wrinkle 2) to iron out, press out wrinkles innovation (colloq.) 3) the latest wrinkle in (the latest wrinkle in marketing home computers) * * * [ rɪŋk(ə)l] press out wrinkles [ crease ] to make a wrinkle [ crease ] to make… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wrinkle — I UK [ˈrɪŋk(ə)l] / US noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms wrinkle : singular wrinkle plural wrinkles 1) a line that appears on your skin when you get older, or when your skin has been damaged by the sun 2) an accidental fold in a piece of …   English dictionary

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