[ dim-puh l ]
/ ˈdɪm pəl /


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 forms

dim·ply, adjectiveun·dim·pled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dimpling


/ (ˈdɪmpəl) /


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 Forms

dimply, adjective

Word Origin for dimple

C13 dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Medicine definitions for dimpling (1 of 2)


[ dĭmplĭng ]


A condition marked by the formation of natural or artificial dimples.

Medicine definitions for dimpling (2 of 2)


[ dĭmpəl ]


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 forms

dimple v.
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