verb rip·ple \ˈri-pəl\

: to move in small waves

: to pass or spread through or over (someone or something)

rip·pledrip·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RIPPLE

intransitive verb
a :  to become lightly ruffled or covered with small waves
b :  to flow in small waves
c :  to fall in soft undulating folds <the scarf rippled to the floor>
:  to flow with a light rise and fall of sound or inflection <laughter rippled over the audience>
:  to move with an undulating motion or so as to cause ripples <the canoe rippled through the water>
:  to have or produce a ripple effect :  spread <the news rippled outwards>
transitive verb
:  to stir up small waves on
:  to impart a wavy motion or appearance to <rippling his arm muscles>
:  to utter or play with a slight rise and fall of sound
rip·pler \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of RIPPLE

  1. Water rippled under the dock.
  2. We could see the lion's muscles ripple.
  3. A cool breeze rippled the water.

Origin of RIPPLE

perhaps frequentative of 1rip
First Known Use: circa 1671

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Rhymes with RIPPLE



: a small wave on the surface of a liquid

: a shape or pattern having small waves

: a sound that gradually becomes louder and then quieter

Full Definition of RIPPLE

a :  a shallow stretch of rough water in a stream
b (1) :  the ruffling of the surface of water
(2) :  a small wave
a :  ripple mark
b :  a sound like that of rippling water <a ripple of laughter>
c :  a usually slight noticeable effect or reaction
rip·ply \ˈri-p(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of RIPPLE

  1. The pebble made ripples in the pond when I threw it in.

First Known Use of RIPPLE


Rhymes with RIPPLE


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