wimple [wim-puh l] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a woman’s headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns.
  2. 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.

  1. to cover or muffle with or as if with a wimple.
  2. to cause to ripple or undulate, as water.
  3. Archaic. to veil or enwrap.

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

  1. to ripple, as water.
  2. Archaic. to lie in folds, as a veil.
  3. Chiefly Scot. to follow a curving course, as a road or river.

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 Examples from the Web for wimpled Historical Examples of 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

  • She put on a white wrapper of Susy’s, and, looking like a wimpled nun, followed Polly down stairs.

    Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother’s

    Sophie May

  • British Dictionary definitions for wimpled wimple noun

    1. 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
    2. Scot a curve or bend, as in a river


    1. rare to ripple or cause to ripple or undulate
    2. (tr) archaic to cover with or put a wimple on
    3. 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 Word Origin and History for wimpled 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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