WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
wrin•kle1 /ˈrɪŋkəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -kled, -kling. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a small crease in the skin, as from aging.
- a slight ridge in a fabric, as from folding.
- a problem;
fault:There are still a few wrinkles in the plan.
- Informal Termsa creative, new idea:adding some wrinkles to the plan to make it unique.
wrin•kly, adj., -kli•er, -kli•est.
- to (cause to) become full of wrinkles: [no object]This fabric wrinkles easily.[~ + object]wrinkled his forehead by frowning.
(ring′kəl),USA pronunciation n., v., -kled, -kling. n.
- a small furrow or crease in the skin, esp. of the face, as from aging or frowning.
- a temporary slight ridge or furrow on a surface, due to contraction, folding, crushing, or the like.
- to form wrinkles in;
crease:Don't wrinkle your dress.
- to become wrinkled.
(ring′kəl),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
- 1375–1425; late Middle English (noun, nominal), back formation from wrinkled, Old English gewrinclod, past participle of gewrinclian to wind round; perh. akin to wrick, wrench
- Informal Termsan ingenious trick or device;
a clever innovation:a new advertising wrinkle.
- 1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent. to wrinc trick (Old English wrenc; see wrench) + -le
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wrinkle /ˈrɪŋkəl/ n
- a slight ridge in the smoothness of a surface, such as a crease in the skin as a result of age
Etymology: 15th Century: 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 wrenchˈwrinkleless adj ˈwrinkly adj
- to make or become wrinkled, as by crumpling, creasing, or puckering
wrinkle /ˈrɪŋkəl/ n
Etymology: Old English wrenc trick; related to Middle Low German wrank struggle, Middle High German ranc sudden turn. See wrench
- informal a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge
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