wimple definition by Webster's New World
- a woman's head covering of medieval times, consisting of a cloth arranged about the head, cheeks, chin, and neck, leaving only the face exposed: now worn only by certain orders of nuns
- a fold or plait
- a winding; turn; curve
- a ripple
Origin: Middle English wimpel ; from Old English akin to German wimple, pennon ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weib-, to turn, swing from source wipe
- to cover or clothe with or as with a wimple
- to lay in folds
- to cause to ripple or undulate, as the surface of a lake
- to lie in folds
- to ripple
- Scot. to meander, as a brook
wimple definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cloth wound around the head, framing the face, and drawn into folds beneath the chin, worn by women in medieval times and as part of the habit of certain orders of nuns.
- a. A fold or pleat in cloth.b. A ripple, as on the surface of water.c. A curve or bend.
- To cover with or dress in a wimple.
- To cause to form folds, pleats, or ripples.
- Archaic To form or lie in folds.
- To ripple.
Origin: Middle English wimpel, from Old English; see weip- in Indo-European roots.