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[ruhm-puh l]
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verb (used with object), rum·pled, rum·pling.
  1. to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper.
  2. to ruffle; tousle (sometimes followed by up): The wind rumpled her hair.
verb (used without object), rum·pled, rum·pling.
  1. to become wrinkled or crumpled: Tissue rumples easily.
  1. a wrinkle or irregular fold; crease.

Origin of rumple

1595–1605; < Dutch rompelen (v.), rompel (noun)
Related formsun·rum·pled, adjective


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1. wrinkle, crease, muss.
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  1. to make or become wrinkled, crumpled, ruffled, or dishevelled
  1. a wrinkle, fold, or crease
Derived Formsrumply, 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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