wimple

[wim-puh l]

noun

a woman's headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
Chiefly Scot.
  1. a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth.
  2. a curve, bend, or turn, as in a road or river.

verb (used with object), wim·pled, wim·pling.

verb (used without object), wim·pled, wim·pling.


Origin of wimple

before 1100; (noun) Middle English wimple, wimpel, Old English wimpel; cognate with Dutch, Low German wimpel, Old Norse vimpill; (v.) Middle English: to wrap in a wimple, derivative of the noun
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Examples from the Web for wimple

Historical Examples of wimple

  • She threw back the wimple from her head, and pulling away her cloak, tossed it on to the bed.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Head and neck in the wimple which was not in thirteenth century distinctive of nun's dress.

  • About this time came the fashion of the chin-band, and again the glory of the hair was hidden under the wimple.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • In this one at least wimple and kirtle reigned supreme; doublets and hose were few in number, and feeble in act.

  • Tied round the wimple they sometimes had a snood, or band of silk.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop



British Dictionary definitions for wimple

wimple

noun

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

verb

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 for wimple

Old English wimpel; related to Old Saxon wimpal, Middle Dutch wumpel, Middle High German bewimpfen to veil
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Word Origin and History for wimple
n.

"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.

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