• synonyms


See more synonyms for wrinkly on Thesaurus.com
adjective, wrin·kli·er, wrin·kli·est.
  1. having wrinkles or tending to wrinkle; creased; puckery: a wrinkly material.
Show More

Origin of wrinkly

First recorded in 1565–75; wrinkle1 + -y1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for wrinkly

rugged, rocky, coarse, bumpy, fuzzy, choppy, harsh, sharp, ridged, bearded, jagged, broken, tangled, nappy, disheveled, tousled, ruffled, wrinkled, chapped, bristly

Examples from the Web for wrinkly

Contemporary Examples of wrinkly

Historical Examples of wrinkly

  • Mr. Benjamin has a wrinkly smile, and Mrs. Benjamin is so understanding.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • You've got a beard, and your forehead is all criss-cross and wrinkly, and your chin rough.

    A Round Dozen

    Susan Coolidge

  • And they had such romantic, crinkly, wrinkly, leathery faces.

    The River and I

    John G. Neihardt

  • The stiff, wrinkly oil-painting must be hard and cold to cry into.

    Tales of Two Countries

    Alexander Kielland

  • He thrust out his long arm and snatched his wrinkly vest from a chair.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

Word Origin and History for wrinkly


1580s, from wrinkle + -y (2). As teen slang noun for "old person," from 1972 (a British reference from 1982 applies it to people in their 40s).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper