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dimple

[dim-puh l]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any similar slight depression.
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verb (used with object), dim·pled, dim·pling.
  1. to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in: A smile dimpled her face.
  2. Metalworking.
    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.
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verb (used without object), dim·pled, dim·pling.
  1. to form or show dimples.
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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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  • Fido knew that, for there were caresses in every stroke of the dimpled hands.

  • America herself is as lovely as a dimpled babe, and as innocent.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • She could not keep her arm still, and he could almost feel its dimpled elbow.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Ruth, with her chin upon her dimpled arm, watched Reuben as he played.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray


British Dictionary definitions for dimpled

dimple

noun
  1. a small natural dent or crease in the flesh, esp on the cheeks or chin
  2. any slight depression in a surface
  3. a bubble or dent in glass
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verb
  1. to make or become dimpled
  2. (intr) to produce dimples by smiling
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Derived Formsdimply, adjective

Word Origin

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

dimple

v.

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

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dimple

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dimpled in Medicine

dimple

(dĭmpəl)
n.
  1. 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.
  2. A depression of similar appearance resulting from trauma or the contraction of scar tissue.
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Related formsdimple v.
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