[verb kawr-uh-geyt, kor-; adjective kawr-uh-git, -geyt, kor-]

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.

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

Related Words for corrugated

crumpled, furrowed, fluted, wrinkled, creased, channelled

Examples from the Web for corrugated

Contemporary Examples of corrugated

Historical Examples of corrugated

  • The corrugated dome of the Nissen hut was wavering and swaying.

  • The transparency of this sentence is not unlike the transparency of corrugated glass.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • How long you been keepin' Corrugated stocks from goin' below par?


    Sewell Ford

  • Manages to hang on with the Corrugated,230 though, don't he?


    Sewell Ford

  • Say, Tuttle, you know you can't work any 'phony deal on the Corrugated.


    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for corrugated


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 corrugated

1620s, "wrinkled" (of skin, etc.), past participle adjective from corrugate. Meaning "bent into curves or folds" (of iron, cardboard, etc., for elasticity and strength) is from 1853.



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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