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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 wimpling
Historical Examples
  • The distant lake; the shining river, singing away through the valley; or the wimpling brook, stealing through the meadow!

    Rural Architecture Lewis Falley Allen
  • Tweed was a "wimpling stately" stream, and there were "Eden scenes on crystal Jed" scarcely less fascinating.

    In the Border Country

    W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
  • A brook's wimpling waters strayed Lashed into foam, but dancing on again And rolling pebbles in their chattering flow.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • Nevertheless they took the path as if by instinct, that led down into the hazel-copse that overlooked the wimpling Don.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • All the music of the heather hills and the wimpling burns 58 wooed me to join my kinsmen in the North.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • The burn there is verra pleasant, its sae caller like, wimpling amang the rocks and bushes.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull
  • In a green cup encircled by wimpling hills the overseer's home nestled like a white bird hovering to drink.

    A Speckled Bird

    Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • Flora leaned with her arms upon the railing and glared at the wimpling water.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • The sunlight filled the hollow, the wimpling burn took the blue of the sky, the breeze whispered among the oak leaves.

    Foes

    Mary Johnston
  • The mighty rushing torrent is the fashion, but who can do the wimpling, dimpling streamlet?

British Dictionary definitions for wimpling

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 wimpling

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.

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