wimple

[ wim-puhl ]
/ ˈwɪm pəl /

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for wimple

wimple
/ (ˈwɪmpəl) /

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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