Basic+ Word of the Day: wrinkle

wrinkle (noun, verb) past tense: wrinkled LISTEN

A wrinkle is a line in the skin due to aging.

  • Bella has wrinkles around her eyes and mouth from laughing for so many years.

A wrinkle is also a line in clothing.

  • When Patty picked her dress up from the floor, it was full of wrinkles.

Wrinkle means ‘to cause to be full of wrinkles.’

  • If you spend too much time in the sun, your skin will wrinkle.
  • The cotton shirt wrinkles easily.

Did you know?

You can get the wrinkles out of a shirt by pressing it with a hot iron. But figuratively, get the wrinkles out means resolving minor problems. Example: “The new software application works pretty well, but during testing, we’ll get the wrinkles out of it, and then it will be perfect.”

In pop culture

A Wrinkle in Time is a science fiction book and now a movie about three children who travel via a wrinkle in time and space (a science fiction journey) to search for the father of two of the children. Watch the trailer for the film here.

There are other meanings of wrinkle.

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