[ verb kawr-uh-geyt, kor-; adjective kawr-uh-git, -geyt, kor- ]
/ verb ˈkɔr əˌgeɪt, ˈkɒr-; adjective ˈkɔr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt, ˈkɒr- /

verb (used with object), cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing.

to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges.
to wrinkle, as the skin or face.
Western U.S. to make irrigation ditches in (a field).

verb (used without object), cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing.

to become corrugated; undergo corrugation.


corrugated; wrinkled; furrowed.

Nearby words

  1. corrode,
  2. corrody,
  3. corrosion,
  4. corrosive,
  5. corrosive sublimate,
  6. corrugated,
  7. corrugated iron,
  8. corrugated paper,
  9. corrugation,
  10. corrugator

Origin of corrugate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin corrūgātus past participle of corrūgāre, equivalent to cor- cor- + rūg(āre) to wrinkle + -ātus -ate1

Related formscor·ru·gat·ed, adjectivecor·ru·ga·tor, nounun·cor·ru·gat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corrugate


verb (ˈkɒrʊˌɡeɪt)

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

adjective (ˈkɒrʊɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

folded into furrows and ridges; wrinkled
Derived Formscorrugation, noun

Word Origin for corrugate

C18: from Latin corrūgāre, from rūga a wrinkle

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Word Origin and History for corrugate



1620s; implied earlier as a past participle adjective (early 15c.), from Latin corrugatus, past participle of corrugare "to wrinkle very much," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rugare "to wrinkle," of unknown origin.

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