wimple
I. noun Etymology: Middle English wimpel, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English wīpian to wipe Date: before 12th century 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. Scottish a. a crafty turn ; twist b. curve, bend II. verb (wimpled; wimpling) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to cover with or as if with a wimple ; veil 2. to cause to ripple intransitive verb 1. archaic to fall or lie in folds 2. chiefly Scottish to follow a winding course ; meander 3. ripple

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  • Wimple — Wim ple, n. [OE. wimpel, AS. winpel; akin to D. & G. wimpel a pennant, streamer, OHG. wimpal a veil, Icel. vimpill, Dan. & Sw. vimpel a pennant, streamer; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Gimp}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A covering of silk, linen, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wimple — [wim′pəl] n. [ME wimpel < OE, akin to Ger, wimple, pennon < IE base * weib , to turn, swing > WIPE] 1. a woman s head covering of medieval times, consisting of a cloth arranged about the head, cheeks, chin, and neck, leaving only the… …   English World dictionary

  • Wimple — Wim ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wimpled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wimpling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To clothe with a wimple; to cover, as with a veil; hence, to hoodwink. She sat ywympled well. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wimple — Wim ple, v. i. To lie in folds; also, to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to ripple; to undulate. Wimpling waves. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] For with a veil, that wimpled everywhere, Her head and face was hid. Spenser. [1913 Webster] With me …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wimple — head covering for women, especially worn by nuns, O.E. wimpel, from P.Gmc. *wimpilaz (Cf. O.S. wimpal, O.Fris. wimpel, M.Du., Du. wimpel, O.H.G. wimpal, Ger. wimpel, O.N. vimpill), of obscure origin. O.Fr. guimple (Fr. guimpe) is a Germanic loan… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wimple — ► NOUN ▪ a cloth headdress covering the head, neck, and sides of the face, formerly worn by women and still by some nuns. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Wimple — The wimple is a garment of mediaeval Europe worn by women. It is a cloth which usually covers the head and is worn around the neck and chin. At many stages of medieval culture it was unseemly for a married woman to show her hair. A wimple might… …   Wikipedia

  • wimple — /wim peuhl/, n., v., wimpled, wimpling. n. 1. a woman s headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, and still in use by some nuns. 2. Chiefly Scot. a. a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth. b. a curve, bend, or turn, as in a… …   Universalium

  • Wimple — Headdress worn by women from the 12c to 14c. How much of the forehead was visible or not was for a while a measure of modesty or immodesty: hair was removed so as to move the hair line back. The wimple was also used by nuns until recently. Apart… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • wimple — wim•ple [[t]ˈwɪm pəl[/t]] n. v. pled, pling 1) clo a woman s headcloth drawn in folds about the chin, formerly worn out of doors, esp. in the Middle Ages, and still in use by some nuns 2) scot. Chiefly Scot. a) a fold or wrinkle, as in cloth b) a …   From formal English to slang

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