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[ruhm-puh l] /ˈrʌm pəl/
verb (used with object), rumpled, rumpling.
to crumple or crush into wrinkles:
to rumple a sheet of paper.
to ruffle; tousle (sometimes followed by up):
The wind rumpled her hair.
verb (used without object), rumpled, rumpling.
to become wrinkled or crumpled:
Tissue rumples easily.
a wrinkle or irregular fold; crease.
Origin of rumple
1595-1605; < Dutch rompelen (v.), rompel (noun)
Related forms
unrumpled, adjective
1. wrinkle, crease, muss. Unabridged
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  • "I think there is more in him than we know," said rumple in a patronizing tone.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • Oh, I don't know what to do, and it was dreadful of rumple to forget!

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • "I wish that I could discover something that could be named after me," said rumple with a sigh.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • He was a few years older than rumple and scorched to a berry-brown by the sun.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • If only rumple would come back with the horse we might manage it.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • He began to kiss us, and to rumple our heads, and to bite The Seraph's cheek.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • I beg your pardon, sirI cannot allow any one to rumple my bed.

    Box and Cox John Maddison Morton
  • Madame—(hastily)—Not there, my dear, you will rumple my skirt.

  • That her dress he thus did rumple, / avenged the lady grievously.

British Dictionary definitions for rumple


to make or become wrinkled, crumpled, ruffled, or dishevelled
a wrinkle, fold, or crease
Derived Forms
rumply, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch rompelen; related to Old English gerumpen creased, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for rumple

c.1600, possibly a variant of rimple "to wrinkle" (c.1400), from Old English hrympel "wrinkle" (possibly influenced by Middle Dutch rumpelen), related to Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle" (see ramp (v.)). Related: Rumpled; rumpling. As a noun from c.1500.

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