Definition of wrinkle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wrinkle

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wrinkle
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋkl//
     
    he / she / it wrinkles
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋklz//
     
    past simple wrinkled
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋkld//
     
    past participle wrinkled
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋkld//
     
    -ing form wrinkling
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋklɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make the skin on your face form into lines or folds; to form lines or folds in this way wrinkle something (up) She wrinkled up her nose in distaste. He wrinkled his brow in concentration. wrinkle (up) His face wrinkled in a grin.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] wrinkle (something) to form raised folds or lines in an untidy way; to make something do this Her stockings were wrinkling at the knees.
  3. Word Origin 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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