rumple

noun
rum·​ple | \ ˈrəm-pəl How to pronounce rumple (audio) \

Definition of rumple

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rumple

verb
rumpled; rumpling\ ˈrəm-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce rumpling (audio) \

Definition of rumple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : to make unkempt : tousle

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rumple

Synonyms: Verb

crinkle, crumple, scrunch, wrinkle

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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Examples of rumple in a Sentence

Verb

He rumpled her hair affectionately. the guest rumpled the antique bedspread by lying down on it

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The front-runner to be the next British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is barnstorming across the countryside, campaigning on his Latin-quoting, rumple-suited, Oxford-educated, optimistic, populist Englishness. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson says he’s prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Critics say that’s reckless.," 6 July 2019 The end of Chasm 1 is currently about 2.5 miles away from the ice rumples. National Geographic, "This giant chunk of ice could break off Antarctica any day," 25 Mar. 2019 The rumples form when the bottom of the ice shelf, which flows downhill toward the ocean like very slow putty, runs up against an underwater ridge. National Geographic, "This giant chunk of ice could break off Antarctica any day," 25 Mar. 2019 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "The Best Brunettes of All Time, From Jackie O to Penélope Cruz," 28 July 2018 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "The Best Brunettes of All Time, From Jackie O to Penélope Cruz," 28 July 2018 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "The Best Brunettes of All Time, From Jackie O to Penélope Cruz," 28 July 2018 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "The Best Brunettes of All Time, From Jackie O to Penélope Cruz," 28 July 2018 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "The Best Brunettes of All Time, From Jackie O to Penélope Cruz," 28 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

We’re no longer the young couple, dressed in Sunday best, who showed up 39 years ago, but now the older one, rumpled and grayed. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al.com, "Bloom where you are planted," 26 June 2019 Silver-haired and often rumpled, Lopez Obrador, 65, the son of provincial shopkeepers, is a lifelong politician and avid historian who embraces personal austerity, opting to travel on commercial airlines. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Trump vs. Lopez Obrador: Two very different leaders face off over tariffs," 5 June 2019 By contrast, Conway is rumpled, with an otherworldly mien, somewhere between The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 The New Bohemian Bedhead Rather than simply rumpled, London’s fresh-off-the-pillowcase lengths featured an extra ounce of cultivation. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "5 Spectacular Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 19 Sep. 2018 With his suit jacket off and his dress shirt rumpled from a night of arguing to no avail with the referees, Rivers stood with his back against a wall with a stat sheet folded in his hands and vented. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Doc Rivers upset with free-throw disparity in Clippers 101-96 loss," 16 Mar. 2018 It's lived-in — her earthy brown hair is rumpled, her eyes hazily rimmed with charcoal and lips often left bare. Meirav Devash, Allure, "10 Goth Beauty Icons Who Ooze Halloween Costume Inspiration," 10 Sep. 2017 Tall, urbane, self-effacing McCary and rumpled Mooney—who shows up for our interview wearing a vintage sweatshirt covered with purple seals—have been a package deal since childhood. Dylan Kai Dempsey, HWD, "Inside the Strange, Sincere Comedy of Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary," 24 July 2017 Saddam rose from his seat and carefully straightened his pea coat, making sure it wasn’t rumpled from the brief ride. William Bardenwerper, Newsweek, "In His Final Days, Saddam Hussein Shared Stories With American Soldiers and Smoked Cuban Cigars," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of rumple

Noun

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rumple

Verb

Dutch rompelen; akin to Old High German rimpfan to wrinkle

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rumple

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rumple

: to make (something) messy or wrinkled

rumple

verb
rum·​ple | \ ˈrəm-pəl How to pronounce rumple (audio) \
rumpled; rumpling

Kids Definition of rumple

: to make (something) messy or wrinkled

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