Quick answer
"Wrinkle" is a noun which is often translated as "la arruga", and "crumple" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "arrugar". Learn more about the difference between "wrinkle" and "crumple" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fold in skin)
a. la arruga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'll still love you when you're old and have wrinkles on your face.Aún te amaré cuando seas mayor y tengas arrugas en la cara.
2. (fold in clothing)
a. la arruga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've been ironing this shirt, but the wrinkles just won't come out.Estuve planchando esta camisa, pero las arrugas no se van.
3. (an innovation)
a. el truco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Let me know if you come up with a new wrinkle for this procedure.Hazme saber si se te ocurre un truco nuevo para este procedimiento.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make folds in)
a. arrugar (clothing)
Son, don't play on the floor right now. You'll wrinkle your shirt.Hijo, no juegues en el suelo ahora. Vas a arrugar la camisa.
b. fruncir (face)
She wrinkled her nose and said "no thank you, I don't like mussels."Frunció la nariz y dijo "no, gracias, no me gustan los mejillones".
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to become folded)
a. arrugarse
Linen is a very comfortable fabric, but it wrinkles easily.El lino es una tela muy cómoda, pero se arruga fácilmente.
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crumple
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to wrinkle)
a. arrugar
The teacher suspected someone was using a cheat sheet when he heard someone crumpling papers during the test.El maestro sospechó que alguien usaba un acordeón cuando oyó a alguien arrugando papeles durante el examen.
b. abollar (metal)
The fearsome giant crumpled the knight's sword with one hand.El temible gigante abolló la espada del caballero con una mano.
c. estrujar (paper)
Sonia refused to sign the papers and crumpled them.Sonia se negó a firmar los papeles y los estrujó.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to become wrinkled)
a. arrugarse
The pages of the old book were starting to crumple and tear.Las páginas del libro antiguo empezaban a arrugarse y a romperse.
b. abollarse (metal)
The tin can crumpled when Tim tried to stand on it.La lata se abolló cuando Tim trató de pararse en ella.
3. (to fall)
a. desplomarse
After seven hours of shopping at the mall with his daughters, Jim crumpled on the floor.Después de siete horas de compras en el centro comercial con sus hijas, Jim se desplomó en el suelo.
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