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wimple

[wim-puh l] /ˈwɪm pəl/
noun
1.
a woman's headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
2.
Chiefly Scot.
  1. a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth.
  2. a curve, bend, or turn, as in a road or river.
verb (used with object), wimpled, wimpling.
3.
to cover or muffle with or as if with a wimple.
4.
to cause to ripple or undulate, as water.
5.
Archaic. to veil or enwrap.
verb (used without object), wimpled, wimpling.
6.
to ripple, as water.
7.
Archaic. to lie in folds, as a veil.
8.
Chiefly Scot. to follow a curving course, as a road or river.
Origin of wimple
1100
before 1100; (noun) Middle English wimple, wimpel, Old English wimpel; cognate with Dutch, Low German wimpel, Old Norse vimpill; (v.) Middle English: to wrap in a wimple, derivative of the noun
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Examples from the Web for wimple
Historical Examples
  • "Give me your cloak and wimple," she bade Diana, and Diana flew to do her bidding.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • She pulled her wimple closer to her face, took him by the arm, and drew him with her into the house.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • The wimple covered the neck, and was worn chiefly out of doors.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • She stopped short, drew her wimple round her face, and was gone.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was tall and slender, but her features could not be seen for a wimple over her head.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • On the early brasses the wimple under the chin marked the rank of the wearer.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • Tied round the wimple they sometimes had a snood, or band of silk.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Upon the head they wore the wimple, the fillet, and about the throat the gorget.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Her wimple is trimly plaited, and how fashionable is her cloak!

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • Here is a candle-end, which you must hide under your wimple.

    The Norwegian Fairy Book Clara Stroebe
British Dictionary definitions for wimple

wimple

/ˈwɪmpəl/
noun
1.
a piece of cloth draped around the head to frame the face, worn by women in the Middle Ages and still a part of the habit of some nuns
2.
(Scot) a curve or bend, as in a river
verb
3.
(rare) to ripple or cause to ripple or undulate
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to cover with or put a wimple on
5.
(archaic) (esp of a veil) to lie or cause to lie in folds or pleats
Word Origin
Old English wimpel; related to Old Saxon wimpal, Middle Dutch wumpel, Middle High German bewimpfen to veil
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Word Origin and History for wimple
n.

"head covering for women," especially worn by nuns, Old English wimpel, from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz (cf. Old Saxon wimpal, Old Frisian wimpel, Middle Dutch, Dutch wimpel, Old High German wimpal, German wimpel, Old Norse vimpill), of obscure origin. Old French guimple (French guimpe) is a Germanic loan-word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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