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rumple

[ruhm-puhl]
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verb (used with object), rum·pled, rum·pling.
  1. to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper.
  2. to ruffle; tousle (sometimes followed by up): The wind rumpled her hair.
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verb (used without object), rum·pled, rum·pling.
  1. to become wrinkled or crumpled: Tissue rumples easily.
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noun
  1. a wrinkle or irregular fold; crease.
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Origin of rumple

1595–1605; < Dutch rompelen (v.), rompel (noun)
Related formsun·rum·pled, adjective

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Related Words for rumple

dishevel, derange, scrunch, ruffle, pucker, cockle, fold, seam, crinkle, tousle, crimp, crease, disorder, crumple, wreathe, bedraggle

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Historical Examples of rumple

  • "I think there is more in him than we know," said Rumple in a patronizing tone.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • Oh, I don't know what to do, and it was dreadful of Rumple to forget!

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • "I wish that I could discover something that could be named after me," said Rumple with a sigh.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • He was a few years older than Rumple and scorched to a berry-brown by the sun.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • If only Rumple would come back with the horse we might manage it.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant


British Dictionary definitions for rumple

rumple

verb
  1. to make or become wrinkled, crumpled, ruffled, or dishevelled
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noun
  1. a wrinkle, fold, or crease
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Derived Formsrumply, adjective

Word Origin for rumple

C17: from Middle Dutch rompelen; related to Old English gerumpen creased, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for rumple

v.

c.1600, possibly a variant of rimple "to wrinkle" (c.1400), from Old English hrympel "wrinkle" (possibly influenced by Middle Dutch rumpelen), related to Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle" (see ramp (v.)). Related: Rumpled; rumpling. As a noun from c.1500.

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