[ ring-kuh l ]
/ ˈrɪŋ kəl /


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.

verb (used with object), wrin·kled, wrin·kling.

to form wrinkles in; corrugate; crease: Don't wrinkle your dress.

verb (used without object), wrin·kled, wrin·kling.

to become wrinkled.

Nearby words

  1. wright, willard huntington,
  2. wrigley,
  3. wring,
  4. wring together,
  5. wringer,
  6. wrinklies,
  7. wrinkly,
  8. wrist,
  9. wrist joint,
  10. wrist pin

Origin of wrinkle

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun), back formation from wrinkled, Old English gewrinclod, past participle of gewrinclian to wind round; perhaps akin to wrick, wrench

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British Dictionary definitions for wrinkled


/ (ˈrɪŋkəl) /


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
Derived Formswrinkleless, adjectivewrinkly, adjective

Word Origin for wrinkle

C15: back formation from wrinkled, from Old English gewrinclod, past participle of wrinclian to wind around; related to Swedish vrinka to sprain, Lithuanian reñgti to twist. See wrench


/ (ˈrɪŋkəl) /


informal a clever or useful trick, hint, or dodge

Word Origin for wrinkle

Old English wrenc trick; related to Middle Low German wrank struggle, Middle High German ranc sudden turn. See wrench

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Word Origin and History for wrinkled
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