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[dim-puh l] /ˈdɪm pəl/
a small, natural hollow area or crease, permanent or transient, in some soft part of the human body, especially one formed in the cheek in smiling.
any similar slight depression.
verb (used with object), dimpled, dimpling.
to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in:
A smile dimpled her face.
  1. to dent (a metal sheet) so as to permit use of bolts or rivets with countersunk heads.
  2. to mark (a metal object) with a drill point as a guide for further drilling.
verb (used without object), dimpled, dimpling.
to form or show dimples.
Origin of dimple
1350-1400; Middle English dimpel, Old English *dympel; cognate with German Tümpel pool
Related forms
dimply, adjective
undimpled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dimple
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  • He had been only vaguely conscious of the dimple in the night.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • It is whispered that if Maria gives her hand to Mr. dimple, it will be without her heart.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • I have the honour to be Mr. dimple's servant, or, if you please, waiter.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • And will you pretend to say now, Mr. dimple, that you propose to break with Maria?

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • The reputation of my life does not depend upon the breath of a Mr. dimple.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • It came back to earth smiling, with only a sort of dimple on one of its cheeks.

  • Certainly her dimple deepened a little as she relinquished the forlorn object.

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
  • The glow returned to my wife's cheek, the dimple to the baby's.

  • It should be mentioned that he had a dimple in his cheek which flashed unexpectedly when he smiled.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for dimple


a small natural dent or crease in the flesh, esp on the cheeks or chin
any slight depression in a surface
a bubble or dent in glass
to make or become dimpled
(intransitive) to produce dimples by smiling
Derived Forms
dimply, adjective
Word Origin
C13 dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Word Origin and History for dimple

c.1400, perhaps existing in Old English as a word meaning "pothole," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dumpilaz, which has yielded words in other languages meaning "small pit, little pool" (e.g. German Tümpel "pool," Middle Low German dümpelen, Dutch dompelen "to plunge"). Related: Dimples.


1570s (implied in dimpled), from dimple (n.).

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dimple in Medicine

dimple dim·ple (dĭm'pəl)

  1. A small natural indentation in the chin, cheek, or sacral region, probably due to some developmental fault in the subcutaneous connective tissue or in underlying bone.

  2. A depression of similar appearance resulting from trauma or the contraction of scar tissue.

dim'ple v.
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