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[ring-klee] /ˈrɪŋ kli/
adjective, wrinklier, wrinkliest.
having wrinkles or tending to wrinkle; creased; puckery:
a wrinkly material.
Origin of wrinkly
First recorded in 1565-75; wrinkle1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mr. Benjamin has a wrinkly smile, and Mrs. Benjamin is so understanding.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • You've got a beard, and your forehead is all criss-cross and wrinkly, and your chin rough.

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • And they had such romantic, crinkly, wrinkly, leathery faces.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • The stiff, wrinkly oil-painting must be hard and cold to cry into.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
  • He thrust out his long arm and snatched his wrinkly vest from a chair.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • She says things under her breath when she thinks nobody will hear, and she makes up my bed so it is all wrinkly.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Something wiggily, and black and yellow and red-spotted with wrinkly legs and a long snaky neck and head.

  • His coat was smooth and glossy, not rough and wrinkly like Old Rattlers, and his upraised head was small and pretty—for a snake.

Word Origin and History for wrinkly

1580s, from wrinkle + -y (2). As teen slang noun for "old person," from 1972 (a British reference from 1982 applies it to people in their 40s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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An old person: I tried to help this wrinkly cross the street (1972+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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