- 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[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. 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).
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//