wrinkle

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

Probably from stem of Old English gewrinclod.

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NounEdit

wrinkle (plural wrinkles)

  1. A small furrow, ridge or crease in an otherwise smooth surface.
  2. A line or crease in the skin, especially when caused by age or fatigue.
    Spending time out in the sun may cause you to develop wrinkles sooner.
  3. A fault, imperfection or bug especially in a new system or product; typically, they will need to be ironed out.
    Three months later, we're still discovering new wrinkles.
  4. (dated) A notion or fancy; a whim.
    to have a new wrinkle
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VerbEdit

wrinkle (third-person singular simple present wrinkles, present participle wrinkling, simple past and past participle wrinkled)

  1. (transitive) To make wrinkles in; to cause to have wrinkles.
    Be careful not to wrinkle your dress before we arrive.
    • Alexander Pope
      her wrinkled form in black and white arrayed
  2. (intransitive) To pucker or become uneven or irregular.
    An hour in the tub will cause your fingers to wrinkle.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To sneer (at).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marston to this entry?)
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

wrinkle (plural wrinkles)

  1. (US, dialect) A winkle.

ReferencesEdit

  • wrinkle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 18:46