- 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.
- to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in: A smile dimpled her face.
- to dent (a metal sheet) so as to permit use of bolts or rivets with countersunk heads.
- to mark (a metal object) with a drill point as a guide for further drilling.
- to form or show dimples.
Origin of dimple
Examples from the Web for dimple
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.The Perfect Burger (Sans Bun)
November 1, 2010
Historical Examples of dimple
He had been only vaguely conscious of the dimple in the night.The Gentleman From Indiana
It is whispered that if Maria gives her hand to Mr. Dimple, it will be without her heart.
The reputation of my life does not depend upon the breath of a Mr. Dimple.
I have the honour to be Mr. Dimple's servant, or, if you please, waiter.
And will you pretend to say now, Mr. Dimple, that you propose to break with Maria?
- 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
Word Origin for dimple
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.).
- 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.