[dim-puh l]


a small, natural hollow area or crease, permanent or transient, in some soft part of the human body, especially one formed in the cheek in smiling.
any similar slight depression.

verb (used with object), dim·pled, dim·pling.

to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in: A smile dimpled her face.
  1. to dent (a metal sheet) so as to permit use of bolts or rivets with countersunk heads.
  2. to mark (a metal object) with a drill point as a guide for further drilling.

verb (used without object), dim·pled, dim·pling.

to form or show dimples.

Origin of dimple

1350–1400; Middle English dimpel, Old English *dympel; cognate with German Tümpel pool
Related formsdim·ply, adjectiveun·dim·pled, adjective
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Related Words for dimple

divot, hollow, concavity, cleft, dent, pit, depression

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Contemporary Examples of dimple

  • When the salt starts to pop (from the water trapped in the salt crystal), slap down your burger, dimple side up.

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Historical Examples of dimple

  • He had been only vaguely conscious of the dimple in the night.

  • It is whispered that if Maria gives her hand to Mr. Dimple, it will be without her heart.

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  • I have the honour to be Mr. Dimple's servant, or, if you please, waiter.

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  • And will you pretend to say now, Mr. Dimple, that you propose to break with Maria?

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  • The reputation of my life does not depend upon the breath of a Mr. Dimple.

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British Dictionary definitions for dimple



a small natural dent or crease in the flesh, esp on the cheeks or chin
any slight depression in a surface
a bubble or dent in glass


to make or become dimpled
(intr) to produce dimples by smiling
Derived Formsdimply, adjective

Word Origin for dimple

C13 dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Word Origin and History for dimple

c.1400, perhaps existing in Old English as a word meaning "pothole," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dumpilaz, which has yielded words in other languages meaning "small pit, little pool" (e.g. German Tümpel "pool," Middle Low German dümpelen, Dutch dompelen "to plunge"). Related: Dimples.


1570s (implied in dimpled), from dimple (n.).

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dimple in Medicine




A small natural indentation in the chin, cheek, or sacral region, probably due to some developmental fault in the subcutaneous connective tissue or in underlying bone.
A depression of similar appearance resulting from trauma or the contraction of scar tissue.
Related formsdimple v.
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