- 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 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 dimply cheek.Rainy Week
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The doctor and the nurse had the temerity to laugh at that, even with Julia, pink and dimply, right before them.Sunny Slopes
But I did lift my hat to that dimply green reach of prairie, and thanked God I was there.The Range Dwellers
B. M. Bower
Suddenly I was aware that he had wheeled his horse about, and was trotting back towards the most dimply area of the valley.
- 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 dimply
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 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.