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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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  • But, as rumple said, it was very hard, and it was a night or two before they were really comfortable.

    The Adventurous Seven Bessie Marchant
  • "I think there is more in him than we know," said rumple in a patronizing tone.

    The Adventurous Seven Bessie Marchant
  • I was goin' t' warn you to rumple up your hair a little so you wouldn't feel overdressed w'en you got there.

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

    The Adventurous Seven Bessie Marchant
  • Madame—(hastily)—Not there, my dear, you will rumple my skirt.

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

    The Adventurous Seven Bessie Marchant
  • rumple found himself immediately popular, because of his prompt and spirited action in doing what he could to save the old lady.

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

    The Adventurous Seven Bessie Marchant
  • I beg your pardon, sirI cannot allow any one to rumple my bed.

    Box and Cox John Maddison Morton
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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