- 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 of wimpleMiddle English wimpel ; from Old English akin to German wimple, pennon ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weib-, to turn, swing from source wipe
transitive verbwimpled, wimpling
- 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
- 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.
verbwim·pled, wim·pling, wim·ples
- 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 of wimpleMiddle English wimpel, from Old English; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
portrait of Margaret of Austria (1480–1530) by Bernard van Orley (1488–1551)
From Middle English wimpel, from Old English wimpel (“veil, an article of women's dress; a covering for the neck, a cloak, a hood”), from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz (“wimple, scarf, veil”). Cognate with Scots wympill (“wimple”), Dutch wimpel (“streamer, pennant”), German Wimpel (“pennant”), Swedish vimpel (“pennant, banner”), Icelandic vimpill (“hood, cowl”).
(third-person singular simple present wimples, present participle wimpling, simple past and past participle wimpled)
From Middle English wimplen (“to cover, conceal; to fold, drape”)