EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. . Metalworking 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. verb (used without object), dim·pled, dim·pling. Origin of dimple 1350–1400; Middle English dimpel, Old English *dympel; cognate with German Tümpel pool Related forms dim·ply, adjective un·dim·pled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dimply Historical Examples of dimply
Its form is always more or less irregular, roundish, often
dimply or tuberous; different from most other Larcoidea.
Maybe it was the absurdly coquettish dab of black court-plaster which she had affixed to one
The doctor and the nurse had the temerity to laugh at that, even with Julia, pink and
dimply, right before them.
But I did lift my hat to that
dimply green reach of prairie, and thanked God I was there.
Suddenly I was aware that he had wheeled his horse about, and was trotting back towards the most
dimply area of the valley. British Dictionary definitions for dimply noun 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 verb to make or become dimpled (intr) to produce dimples by smiling Derived Forms dimply, adjective Word Origin for dimple
dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Word Origin and History for dimply v.
1570s (implied in
dimpled), from dimple (n.). 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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.
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