[ verb kawr-uh-geyt, kor-; adjective kawr-uh-git, -geyt, kor- ]
See synonyms for: corrugatecorrugated on

verb (used with object),cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing.
  1. to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges.

  2. to wrinkle, as the skin or face.

  1. Western U.S. to make irrigation ditches in (a field).

verb (used without object),cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing.
  1. to become corrugated; undergo corrugation.

  1. corrugated; wrinkled; furrowed.

Origin of corrugate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin corrūgātus, past participle of corrūgāre, equivalent to cor- “with, together” + rūg(āre) “to wrinkle” + -ātus past participle suffix; see cor-, -ate1

Other words from corrugate

  • cor·ru·gat·ed, adjective
  • cor·ru·ga·tor, noun

Words Nearby corrugate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use corrugate in a sentence

  • It’s a corrugated metal box—a two-stall outhouse with a little wooden flag that you can prop up while using the facilities—and it has a view more than worthy of its name.

  • After getting transferred away from the park in 2015, Ranger Ross has been letting backcountry campers rent out his off-grid, corrugated metal cabin in the painted desert of Arizona and making them smile ever since.

  • His face would grow grim, the seam-worn forehead would corrugate, the muscles of his jaw throb nervously.

    Shandygaff | Christopher Morley
  • Le Borgne's cheeks corrugate in wrinkles of bronze that leer an evil laugh, and he pretends not to understand.

    Heralds of Empire | Agnes C. Laut
  • Yet we had watched his smooth brow furrow and corrugate as under some carking care or devouring sorrow.

British Dictionary definitions for corrugate


  1. (usually tr) to fold or be folded into alternate furrows and ridges

adjective(ˈkɒrʊɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)
  1. folded into furrows and ridges; wrinkled

Origin of corrugate

C18: from Latin corrūgāre, from rūga a wrinkle

Derived forms of corrugate

  • corrugation, noun

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