Definition of wrinkle in English:

wrinkle

Syllabification: wrin·kle
Pronunciation: /ˈriNGk(ə)l
 
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noun

1A slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face.
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  • The peel will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth the skin, reduce pore size, even skin tone and improve elasticity.
  • There are all manner of expensive injectable treatments that will fill lines, wrinkles and folds, but they only last for six to 12 months.
  • When used correctly, glycolic acid can provide gentle exfoliation that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and makes skin more radiant.
Synonyms
crease, fold, pucker, line, crinkle, furrow, ridge, groove
informal crow's feet, laugh line
1.1 informal A minor difficulty; a snag: the organizers have the wrinkles pretty well ironed out
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  • Look at it through Mr Woods' eyes, however, and it becomes clear that all we have suffered is a minor wrinkle in our otherwise impeccable existence.
  • A coach has to help the members of the time iron out the wrinkles in their game, like correcting someone's stance, bowling actions, grip, etc.
  • Her brief monologue as an Eastern European immigrant points the show in an interesting direction, but Naked Heart's other wrinkles need to be ironed out.
Synonyms
difficulty, snag, hitch, drawback, imperfection, problem
2 informal A clever innovation, or useful piece of information or advice: learning the wrinkles from someone more experienced saves time
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  • The revamped standard of officiating and new rule wrinkles enhanced the postseason action, giving fans the most entertaining run for the Cup in over a decade.
  • But, there have been enough wrinkles in recent events to suggest that we are not simply seeing the standard food chain of capitalism in action.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective wrinkled) Back to top  
1Make or cause lines or folds in (something, especially fabric or the skin): Dotty’s wrinkled stockings
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  • I also love the slight crust that they develop during the last stage of cooking, and the contrast between the tender flesh and the slightly wrinkled skin.
  • When she was out of the room her mother laid down her sponge and sighed, her hands aching and the soap wrinkling her skin.
  • Maria tried to pack their new clothes as carefully as possible into her traveling bag, trying hard not to wrinkle the delicate fabrics.
1.1Grimace and cause wrinkles on (a part of the face): he sniffed and wrinkled his nose
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  • Sapphire tried the cheese and wrinkled her face in disgust.
  • Teiala wrinkled her face in confusion as they headed back for the library.
  • A strong cringe wrinkled his face and he moaned loudly as he closed his eyes again.
1.2 [no object] Form or become marked with lines or folds: her brow wrinkled
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  • There was a slight scowl on his face as his lips tightened to a thin line and his brow wrinkled in irritated contemplation.
  • Adam recoiled, and his brow wrinkled in confusion.
  • Mr. Fenton gazed at her for a time with his brows somewhat wrinkled.
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Origin

late Middle English: origin obscure, possibly a back-formation from the Old English past participle gewrinclod 'sinuous' (of which no infinitive is recorded).

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