- 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
- an ingenious trick or device; a clever innovation: a new advertising wrinkle.
Origin of wrinkle2
Examples from the Web for wrinkle
This could signify a lot of things: a renewed drive by labor, or some wrinkle in the tax code that I'm not aware of.Why Are So Many New Labor Groups Forming?
June 12, 2013
And this "no budget, no pay" wrinkle is bound to be popular.The New GOP Ploy Is Way More Radical
January 23, 2013
But there was a wrinkle, meant to distinguish between people at different levels of the income scale.Romney–Ryan: The Rich Voter’s Dream Ticket
August 11, 2012
The implants may stay in place but the skin around it will wrinkle and sag as the loss of subcutaneous fat takes place.Your Puffy-Face Moments, Inspired by Ashley Judd
April 13, 2012
And being perhaps the most famous transsexual in America adds a wrinkle (or an asterisk) to his male experience.Chaz Bono Defies Critics
September 13, 2011
He said if they was any longer they'd wrinkle under the arms.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
It had become a grimace that creased every wrinkle into prominence.The Paliser case
They wrinkle up their upper lips to leave their fangs exposed.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
It seemed as if that kiss smoothed every wrinkle of worry from the man's brow.The Story of Glass
Sara Ware Bassett
The third might have been in a wrinkle of the bag, without your feeling it!The Ocean Waifs
- 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 wrinkle
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.