- a small furrow or crease in the skin, especially 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; corrugate; crease: Don't wrinkle your dress.
- to become wrinkled.
Origin of wrinkle1
Examples from the Web for wrinkling
Khan looks youthful—even at 29, she seems like a teen—peeking out from underneath chunky bangs and wrinkling her button nose.Indie Rock's Bewitching New Siren
May 7, 2009
"Well," she said, compressing her lips, and wrinkling her forehead in resignation.Meadow Grass
"Oh, this dreadful war," Mullally exclaimed, wrinkling his features.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Judith as she kissed him was wrinkling her smooth brows at him.Miss Pat at School
Mayo studied his passenger for some time, wrinkling his brows.Blow The Man Down
"I don't seem to get hold of it, yet," said Eunice, wrinkling her forehead.Cricket at the Seashore
Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
- a slight ridge in the smoothness of a surface, such as a crease in the skin as a result of age
- to make or become wrinkled, as by crumpling, creasing, or puckering
- informal a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge
Word Origin and History for wrinkling
c.1400 (implied in wrinkling), probably from stem of Old English gewrinclod "wrinkled, crooked, winding," past participle of gewrinclian "to wind, crease," from perfective prefix ge- + -wrinclian "to wind," from Proto-Germanic *wrankjan (see wrench (v.)). Related: Wrinkled.
"fold or crease in the extenal body," late 14c.; in cloth or clothing from early 15c., probably from wrinkle (v.). Meaning "defect, problem" first recorded 1640s; that of "idea, device, notion" (especially a new one) is from 1817.