rum·​ple | \ ˈrəm-pəl \

Definition of rumple

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rumpled; rumpling\ ˈrəm-​p(ə-​)liŋ \

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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 One morning, mid-rumple, stands a single tall, sharp spear. Leah Eskin,, "Make spring's asparagus even better with bacon," 17 Apr. 2018 Or Liz Taylor, whose luxe rumple of espresso curls had all the drama of her famous violet eyes. Vogue, "The Best Brunette Beauties of All Time," 8 Sep. 2017 Don't fear the Rumple A light rumple helps keep up the casual quotient. The Fashion Editors, Esquire, "11 Ways To Dress Casually But Still Look Like The Boss," 17 Mar. 2015 The vote came before dawn in the Ways and Means Committee, after nearly 18 hours of debate, while lawmakers on the Energy and Commerce Committee struggled for nearly 28 hours, with pressed suits and coiffed hair giving way to rumples and wrinkles. Alan Fram, Orange County Register, "GOP pushes health bill through panels in marathon sessions," 9 Mar. 2017

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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,, "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 In a corral surrounded by a waffling, loose-weave wire fence some eight feet tall, a chocolate-brown alpaca lay in a heap, matted with blood, its long neck rumpled like a cast-off knee-high. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Lions of Los Angeles," 13 Feb. 2017 His clothes were rumpled, and his dark hair was long and scraggly under his engineer’s cap. Rick Rojas And Kate Pastor, New York Times, "Daughter of Suspect in Patz Murder Testifies Through Tears DEC. 13, 2016," 6 Jan. 2017 Instead of being a preppy partner to chinos or the tasteful pop of pattern under a neutral suit, Malik wore his gingham shirt rumpled and untucked with a pair of paint-splatter jeans and a black baseball cap while in NYC this weekend. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Zayn Malik Just Made the Gingham Shirt Cool, Not Preppy," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of rumple


circa 1513, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rumple


Dutch rompelen; akin to Old High German rimpfan to wrinkle

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English Language Learners Definition of rumple

: to make (something) messy or wrinkled


rum·​ple | \ ˈrəm-pəl \
rumpled; rumpling

Kids Definition of rumple

: to make (something) messy or wrinkled

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