[ rip-lee ]
/ ˈrɪp li /
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characterized by ripples; rippling.
sounding like rippling water.
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Origin of ripply

First recorded in 1765–75; ripple1 + -y1
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What does ripply mean?

Ripply is used to describe things that have ripples—small waves, ruffles, or wrinkles on a surface, such as water, fabric, clouds, or hair.

A raindrop causes ripples in a puddle. A soft gust of wind can cause ripples on the surface of a lake, on the surface of a sheet hanging from a clothesline, or through the tall grasses in the meadow. Ripples aren’t typically breaks in the surface where they appear—they are disturbances that change its shape momentarily.

The word can also be applied to waves or wrinkles involving intangible or abstract things, such as ripples of cause and effect, but ripply is typically used in the context of tangible things.

Ripple can also refer to a cascading sound, like that of rippling water. Ripply is sometimes used to describe the sound of such water.

Example: I love how the wind makes the surface of the lake ripply.

Where does ripply come from?

The first records of the word ripply come from around 1770. Ripple may derive from the verb rip, but its origin is uncertain. The suffix -y is used to form adjectives.

Throwing a pebble into water causes ripples and makes the water ripply. Wind can make the water ripply in a different way—instead of causing rings to extend out, it causes tiny peaks and waves on the surface. A fabric with small peaks, wrinkles, or crinkles in it can also be described as ripply. Believe it or not, as fun as the word is to say, it’s not commonly used.

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How is ripply used in real life?

The word ripply is most commonly used in the context of small waves on surfaces like water, but it can be used in many different situations.



Try using ripply!

Which of the following things can be ripply?

A. water
B. fabric
C. clouds
D. all of the above

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