- 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
Related Wordsnick, gouge, perforate, indent, scratch, dig, mark, imprint, dint, hollow, dimple, ridge, notch, pit, furrow
Examples from the Web for dimpling
The girl looked at him, blushing and dimpling with shy delight.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
Sandy Rowl responded readily to this dimpling, flashing banter.Harbor Tales Down North
“More,” said Mrs. Wescott, emphatically, dimpling happily at her memories.Lucile Triumphant
Elizabeth M. Duffield
"Heartsease for thought," said Gerard, and kissed her dimpling mouth.From the Car Behind
Eleanor M. Ingram
"I don't care why you sing so long as you sing," said Essie, dimpling again.The Lady Doc
- 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 and History for dimpling
1570s (implied in dimpled), from 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.
- A condition marked by the formation of natural or artificial dimples.
- 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.