Wrinkle vs Crinkle - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between wrinkle and crinkle

is that wrinkle is a small furrow, ridge or crease in an otherwise smooth surface or wrinkle can be (us|dialect) a winkle while crinkle is a wrinkle, fold, crease or unevenness.

As verbs the difference between wrinkle and crinkle

is that wrinkle is to make wrinkles in; to cause to have wrinkles while crinkle is (ambitransitive) to fold, crease, crumple, or wad.

wrinkle

Etymology 1

Probably from stem of (etyl) gewrinclod .

Alternative forms

* wrincle (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A small furrow, ridge or crease in an otherwise smooth surface.
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • (dated) A notion or fancy; a whim.
  • to have a new wrinkle

    Verb

    (wrinkl)
  • 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
  • To pucker or become uneven or irregular.
  • An hour in the tub will cause your fingers to wrinkle .
  • (skin) To develop irreversibly wrinkles; to age.
  • The skin is the substance that wrinkles , shows age, stretches, scars and cuts.
  • (obsolete) To sneer (at ).
  • (Marston)

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US, dialect) A winkle.
  • References

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    crinkle

    English

    Verb

    (crinkl)
  • (ambitransitive) To fold, crease, crumple, or wad.
  • He crinkled the wrapper and threw it out.
    The old man's lined face crinkled into a smile.
  • To rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
  • * L. T. Trowbridge
  • The green wheat crinkles like a lake.
  • * Elizabeth Browning
  • All the rooms were full of crinkling silks.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A wrinkle, fold, crease or unevenness.
  • He observed the crinkles forming around his eyes and suddenly felt old.

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