Meaning of WRINKLE in English


/ ˈrɪŋkl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a line or small fold in your skin, especially on your face, that forms as you get older :

There were fine wrinkles around her eyes.


[ usually pl. ] a small fold that you do not want in a piece of cloth or paper

SYN crease

■ verb


wrinkle (sth) (up) to make the skin on your face form into lines or folds; to form lines or folds in this way :

[ vn ]

She wrinkled up her nose in distaste.

He wrinkled his brow in concentration.

[ v ]

His face wrinkled in a grin.


to form raised folds or lines in an untidy way; to make sth do this :

[ v ]

Her stockings were wrinkling at the knees.

[also vn ]



late Middle English : origin obscure, possibly a back-formation from the Old English past participle gewrinclod sinuous (of which no infinitive is recorded).

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