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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 dimpling
Historical Examples
  • The girl looked at him, blushing and dimpling with shy delight.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Sandy Rowl responded readily to this dimpling, flashing banter.

    Harbor Tales Down North

    Norman Duncan
  • “More,” said Mrs. Wescott, emphatically, dimpling happily at her memories.

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
  • "Heartsease for thought," said Gerard, and kissed her dimpling mouth.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • "I don't care why you sing so long as you sing," said Essie, dimpling again.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • In vain did she protest with the most radiant and dimpling of smiles.

    Etheldreda the Ready Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • "And whether it is poetry or not I like it," she added, dimpling again.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • "For Willett and for George the Virginian, sir," she said, dimpling and dropping me a courtesy.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • dimpling with pleasure, her rosy face beaming, Peggy began to read.

    The Merryweathers Laura E. Richards
  • This was Chrie, the laughing, dimpling, blushing Chrie—his betrothed!

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
British Dictionary definitions for dimpling


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 dimpling



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



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.

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dimpling in Medicine

dimpling dim·pling (dĭm'plĭng)
A condition marked by the formation of natural or artificial dimples.

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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