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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Wrinkledy

My life in appalachia wrinkledy

Wrinkledy = wrinkled.

A piece of clothing could be too wrinkledy to wear unless you ironed it; a table cloth could be too wrinkledy to use when company comes; a piece of paper could be too wrinkledy to turn in at school.

That concludes my lesson on wrinkledy. Is it a word you’ve ever heard?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    Ray Presley
    February 20, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Yep, we certainly did doctor up some adjectives. I remember one which was used to describe a long coat, such an extra long one. In fact, Johnny Cash, who wore extra long jackets, used the term, “a long-tailded” in reference to a coat. Perhaps that’s what he was referring to when he told his wife June to let loose of his coat as he was threatening to go down to Jackson.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    March 1, 2014 at 1:10 am

    My favorite word! lol I use it always.

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    March 1, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Such a colorful and expressive term! Yes, I have heard it all my life along with much of the others added here. Now, I’m reminded of my Meemaw saying, ‘Pick up your coat- it’s gettin all wobbled up over yonder.’

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    February 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Tipper,
    Since moving to Hawaii I have taken to wearing some flowerdy dresses and mumu’s. Had me a flowerdy skirt made from a flowerdy flour sack in the 50’s.
    God Bless,

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    Mike McLain
    February 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Like TimMc, I am noticing that I am more wrinkledy than I was 40 years ago!

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    February 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Yep, Kinda noticed that I’m more Wrinkledy than I was 25yrs ago..

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    February 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Wrinkled and wrinkly I’ve heard, wrinkledy, well…not until now.
    God bless.

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    February 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Wrinkeldy & flowerdy,too. I saw an old picture yesterday of the flowerdy feed & flour sacks they used to sell. We were past that time, but I remember Mama buying a sack of flour that had a towel attached for free.

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    Ken Roper
    February 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I guess that’s what happens if I don’t
    get my clothes out of the dryer fast
    enough. I bet I’ve got an iron some-
    where, ain’t sure. One time I tried
    ironing, ended up with more wrinkles
    than I started with.
    So, I’ll just put some wood in my
    stove, something I know about…Ken

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    February 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Oh yes, I’ve heard and said that all my life and flowerdy too!

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    b. Ruth
    February 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Wrinkledy, I guess there is a shorter way to say “all crinkled up!” I fess up, I’ve used wrinkledy a time or three. Like
    Sharon’s grandmother, I use “flowerdy” as well. You know I had this old flowerdy, “crinkledy fabric”. It was so wrinkledy, when I pulled it out of the box, I were’nt sure to put it in the quilt pile or not. Sometimes those “wrinkledy” cut pieces just don’t look good in a quilt! After it had a good “sprinkedy” it ironed out fine!
    Thanks, “Tippery”

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    February 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wrinkled – yes, that one works for me, but wrinkledly – hummm! Nope – never heard that one, but wrinkly does work.

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    February 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

    My grandmother used to wear “flowerdy” dresses but she never had any that she called “wrinkledy,”

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    Jim Casada
    February 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Tipper–Increasingly, my face (and other portions of my anatomy) is a study in wrinkledy.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    February 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    All my life! Wrinkledy is a very descriptive word. It is not just wrinkled but very wrinkled. It is also used to describe some item or fabric that is made with the intention of looking wrinkled. You know, like the clothes kids wear that looks like they have slept in it. So, wrinkeldy is also a fashion statement. LOL!
    Very expressive word, if it’s not in the dictionary it should be.

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    Judy Mincey
    February 28, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Love it, so much more expressive and exact than wrinkled.

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    Charles Fletcher
    February 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Charles Fletcher

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    Ed Ammons
    February 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Wrinkledy? Never seen it written but have often heard it spoken. Goes well in combination with Crinkledy or as it’s rhyme.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Funnily enough it is, I have used it a few times, but mostly I say wrinkled.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    February 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

    That word wrinkledy is mighty common to me – and especially to folks who heat their irons on a wood-burning store. Back before ‘electricity’ came to the Cove, we could heat our little iron on the cook stove or at the fireplace in the ‘big’ room. The iron is now placed – as a work of art – on the hearth of my ‘big’ fireplace. It is hard to explain to our grandsons why I feel such devotion to my little ‘pressing’ iron!
    Thanks for a wonderful ‘wrinkledy’ re-collection!
    Eva Nell

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    February 28, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Never heard it before but I have now. So much better than ‘wrinkly’, I shall use it on every suitable occasion!

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