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nounIrish English, Scottish, Northern
A wrinkle; a crease.
no object And with object. To wrinkle, rumple; (in later use also, of fabric, clothing, etc.) to ruck up.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from early Scandinavian, perhaps showing a blend with wrinkle. Compare later ruckle. Perhaps compare also Middle Dutch (rare) wronckelen to twist, to wind, and the related noun wronckel<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in The Prick of Conscience. Probably from runkle.
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