Wrinkle meaning

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A different or unexpected development, action, or idea.
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A clever or novel idea or device; innovation.
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The definition of a wrinkle is a fold or crease in something that is otherwise smooth.

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.

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A line or crease in the skin, as from age.
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A small furrow, ridge, or crease on a normally smooth surface, caused by crumpling, folding, or shrinking.
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A problem or imperfection.

The report had to be revised because of a few wrinkles.

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To make wrinkles or a wrinkle in.

My shirt was wrinkled after being so long in the suitcase.

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To draw up into wrinkles; pucker.

Wrinkled her nose in disdain.

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To form wrinkles.
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A small ridge or furrow in a normally smooth surface, caused by contraction, crumpling, folding, etc.
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A crease or pucker in the skin, as any of those caused by aging, frowning, etc.
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A minor problem or difficulty.
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To form a wrinkle or wrinkles in, as by contracting; pucker; crease.
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To be or become wrinkled.
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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.

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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.

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(dated) A notion or fancy; a whim.

To have a new wrinkle.

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To make wrinkles in; to cause to have wrinkles.

Be careful not to wrinkle your dress before we arrive.

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(intransitive) To pucker or become uneven or irregular.

An hour in the tub will cause your fingers to wrinkle.

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(US, dialect) A winkle.
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Origin of wrinkle

  • Middle English back-formation from wrinkled wrinkled probably from Old English gewrinclod past participle of gewrinclian to wind, crease wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from stem of Old English gewrinclod.

    From Wiktionary