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[wim-puh l] /ˈwɪm pəl/
a woman's headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
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.
to cover or muffle with or as if with a wimple.
to cause to ripple or undulate, as water.
Archaic. to veil or enwrap.
verb (used without object), wimpled, wimpling.
to ripple, as water.
Archaic. to lie in folds, as a veil.
Chiefly Scot. to follow a curving course, as a road or river.
Origin of wimple
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.


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

British Dictionary definitions for wimpling


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
(Scot) a curve or bend, as in a river
(rare) to ripple or cause to ripple or undulate
(transitive) (archaic) to cover with or put a wimple on
(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



"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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