Definition of wrinkle in English:


Line breaks: wrin¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪŋk(ə)l


  • 1A slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face: she smoothed out the wrinkles from her skirt
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    guideline, hint, tip, pointer, clue, cue, suggestion, piece of advice, word of advice; (wrinkles) inside information, guidance, advice, help, counsel


[with object] (often as adjective wrinkled) Back to top  


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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