[ wim-puh l ]
/ ˈwɪm pəl /
a woman's headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
- a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth.
- a curve, bend, or turn, as in a road or river.
verb (used with object), wim·pled, wim·pling.
to cover or muffle with or as if with a wimple.
to cause to ripple or undulate, as water.
Archaic. to veil or enwrap.
verb (used without object), wim·pled, wim·pling.
to ripple, as water.
Archaic. to lie in folds, as a veil.
Chiefly Scot. to follow a curving course, as a road or river.
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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
Words nearby wimple
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Example sentences from the Web for wimpled
A waning moon had risen, and in its faint light the water of the brook glimmered coldly as it wimpled over the stony ford.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral|John Dunloe Carteret
British Dictionary definitions for wimpled
/ (ˈwɪmpəl) /
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 for wimple
Old English wimpel; related to Old Saxon wimpal, Middle Dutch wumpel, Middle High German bewimpfen to veil
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