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wimple

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noun wim·ple \ˈwim-pəl\

Definition of wimple

  1. 1 :  a cloth covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin especially by women in the late medieval period and by some nuns

  2. 2 Scottish a :  a crafty turn :  twist b :  curve, bend

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Origin and Etymology of wimple

Middle English wimpel, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English wīpian to wipe


First Known Use: before 12th century


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wimple

verb wim·ple

Definition of wimple

wimpled

wimpling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with or as if with a wimple :  veil

  3. 2 :  to cause to ripple

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to fall or lie in folds

  6. 2 chiefly Scottish :  to follow a winding course :  meander

  7. 3 :  ripple

Did You Know?

Wimple is the name of the covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in the late medieval period, as well as by some modern nuns. Its name is akin to Old Saxon "wimpal" and Middle Dutch "wimpel," both of which mean "veil" or "banner." Like the word veil, "wimple" is also used as a verb meaning "cover" and was adopted by literary writers as a substitute for "ripple" and "meander," especially when writing about streams. "Over the little brook which wimpled along below towered an arch," James Russell Lowell once observed.

13th Century

First Known Use of wimple

13th century


WIMPLE Defined for English Language Learners

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wimple

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noun wim·ple \ˈwim-pəl\

Definition of wimple for English Language Learners

  • : a cloth worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in past times and by some nuns today


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