- An example of a wrinkle is what happens to a piece of paper when you crinkle it into a ball.
- An example of a wrinkle is a crease next to your eye after years of squinting from the sun.
- a small ridge or furrow in a normally smooth surface, caused by contraction, crumpling, folding, etc.
- a crease or pucker in the skin, as any of those caused by aging, frowning, etc.
- a minor problem or difficulty
Origin of wrinkleMiddle English wrinkel, a wrinkle, probably back-formation from wrinkled from Old English (ge)wrinclod, past participle of (ge)wrinclian, to wind about, akin to wringan, to press, wring
transitive verb-·kled, -·kling
Origin of wrinkleprobably altered by associated, association with wrinkle from obsolete wrench, a trick, artifice, ultimately from Old English wrenc, akin to wrench
- A small furrow, ridge, or crease on a normally smooth surface, caused by crumpling, folding, or shrinking.
- A line or crease in the skin, as from age.
- A different or unexpected development, action, or idea: “The 1973 War brought a new wrinkle to the face of battle … the widespread use of rockets and guided missiles” ( Bruce Watson )
- A problem or imperfection: The report had to be revised because of a few wrinkles.
verbwrin·kled, wrin·kling, wrin·kles
- To make wrinkles or a wrinkle in: My shirt was wrinkled after being so long in the suitcase.
- To draw up into wrinkles; pucker: wrinkled her nose in disdain.
Origin of wrinkleMiddle English back-formation from wrinkled wrinkled probably from Old English gewrinclod past participle of gewrinclian to wind, crease ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A small furrow, ridge or crease in an otherwise smooth surface.
- A line or crease in the skin, especially when caused by age or fatigue.
- Spending time out in the sun may cause you to develop wrinkles sooner.
- A fault, imperfection or bug especially in a new system or product; typically, they will need to be ironed out.
- Three months later, we're still discovering new wrinkles.
- (dated) A notion or fancy; a whim.
- to have a new wrinkle
(third-person singular simple present wrinkles, present participle wrinkling, simple past and past participle wrinkled)
Probably from stem of Old English gewrinclod.
- (US, dialect) A winkle.