- a woman's headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
- Chiefly Scot.
- a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth.
- a curve, bend, or turn, as in a road or river.
- to cover or muffle with or as if with a wimple.
- to cause to ripple or undulate, as water.
- Archaic. to veil or enwrap.
- to ripple, as water.
- Archaic. to lie in folds, as a veil.
- Chiefly Scot. to follow a curving course, as a road or river.
Origin of wimple
Examples from the Web for wimple
"Give me your cloak and wimple," she bade Diana, and Diana flew to do her bidding.
She pulled her wimple closer to her face, took him by the arm, and drew him with her into the house.
The wimple covered the neck, and was worn chiefly out of doors.Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
She stopped short, drew her wimple round her face, and was gone.The Last Of The Barons, Complete
She was tall and slender, but her features could not be seen for a wimple over her head.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a piece of cloth draped around the head to frame the face, worn by women in the Middle Ages and still a part of the habit of some nuns
- Scot a curve or bend, as in a river
- rare to ripple or cause to ripple or undulate
- (tr) archaic to cover with or put a wimple on
- archaic (esp of a veil) to lie or cause to lie in folds or pleats
Word Origin and History for wimple
"head covering for women," especially worn by nuns, Old English wimpel, from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz (cf. Old Saxon wimpal, Old Frisian wimpel, Middle Dutch, Dutch wimpel, Old High German wimpal, German wimpel, Old Norse vimpill), of obscure origin. Old French guimple (French guimpe) is a Germanic loan-word.