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


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rumpled; rumpling ˈrəm-p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rumple (audio)

transitive verb

: to make unkempt : tousle

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
But not every man is going to read poetry out of rumples. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 12 July 2023 The sleeves of her green satin gown are rolled up at her wrists, and its skirt rumples against the polished floor. Stephen O’Connor, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 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, 6 July 2019 The end of Chasm 1 is currently about 2.5 miles away from the ice rumples. National Geographic, 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, 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, 28 July 2018
On one of the double beds, the rust-orange spread is rumpled; outside the door to the bathroom, there is water in the sink. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 These sheets washed well, and came out of my dryer looking rumpled, but not hopelessly creased. Lisa Lombardi,, 25 Sep. 2023 Some sly military-industrial complex humor creeps in as Oppenheimer, clad in his signature gray waistcoat and rumpled porkpie hat, leads this massively complicated undertaking at the surly behest of Col. Leslie R. Groves (a gruffly amusing Matt Damon). Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 The crinoline and boning typical of the brand’s founder’s creations were yanked out of the silhouettes, though, and the fabric was rumpled, underscoring Catherine’s working-woman story. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Mar. 2023 Anthony’s lawyer, Marty Lumetta (Richard Schiff, the picture of rumpled, put-upon frustration), has also worked too many of these cases to be optimistic. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2020 It was returned to me with its chiffon over-layer in shreds and my previously thriving silk buds were rumpled, drooping, and wilted—like a flower bed dug up by the neighbor’s dog. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History



Dutch rompelen; akin to Old High German rimpfan to wrinkle

First Known Use


circa 1513, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rumple was circa 1513

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“Rumple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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rumpled; rumpling

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