an old person
   Used by the young, mindless of 'time's winged chariot':
    ... helping the wrinklies with their heating bills. {Private Eye, January 1987)

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  • Wrinkly — Wrin kly, a. Full of wrinkles; having a tendency to be wrinkled; corrugated; puckered. G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] His old wrinkly face grew quite blown out at last. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrinkly — (adj.) 1580s, from WRINKLE (Cf. wrinkle) + Y (Cf. y) (2). As teen slang noun for old person, from 1972 (a British reference from 1982 applies it to people in their 40s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • wrinkly — ► ADJECTIVE (wrinklier, wrinkliest) ▪ having many wrinkles. ► NOUN (pl. wrinklies) Brit. informal, derogatory ▪ an old person …   English terms dictionary

  • wrinkly — I UK [ˈrɪŋklɪ] / US adjective Word forms wrinkly : adjective wrinkly comparative wrinklier superlative wrinkliest covered in wrinkles II UK [ˈrɪŋklɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms wrinkly : singular wrinkly plural wrinklies British informal an …   English dictionary

  • wrinkly — [[t]rɪ̱ŋkli[/t]] wrinklies 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A wrinkly surface has a lot of wrinkles on it. ...wrinkly cotton and wool stockings. ...a smallish, greying man, with a wrinkly face. 2) N COUNT Young people sometimes refer to older people as… …   English dictionary

  • wrinkly — /ring klee/, adj., wrinklier, wrinkliest. having wrinkles or tending to wrinkle; creased; puckery: a wrinkly material. [1565 75; WRINKLE + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • wrinkly — adjective see wrinkle I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wrinkly — 1. adjective Having wrinkles. 2. noun An old person …   Wiktionary

  • wrinkly — wrin|kly [ˈrıŋkli] n plural wrinklies BrE informal not polite an offensive word for someone who is old …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wrinkly — wrin|kly [ rıŋkli ] adjective covered in wrinkles …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wrinkly — n, adj (a person who is) old. A popular term among adolescents since around 1980, the word is often used of (middle aged and elderly) parents. Synonyms are dusty, crumbly and crinkly …   Contemporary slang

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