• WordNet 3.6
    • v rumple become wrinkled or crumpled or creased "This fabric won't wrinkle"
    • v rumple to gather something into small wrinkles or folds "She puckered her lips"
    • v rumple disturb the smoothness of "ruffle the surface of the water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rumple A fold or plait; a wrinkle.
    • v. t. & i Rumple To make uneven; to form into irregular inequalities; to wrinkle; to crumple; as, to rumple an apron or a cravat. "They would not give a dog's ear of their most rumpled and ragged Scotch paper for twenty of your fairest assignats."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rumple To wrinkle; make uneven; form into irregular inequalities.
    • n rumple A wrinkle; a fold; a ridge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rumple rum′pl to crush out of shape: to make uneven
    • n Rumple a fold or wrinkle
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. rimple, and D. rimpelen, to wrinkle, rompelig, rough, uneven, G. rümpfen, to wrinkle, MHG. rümphen, OHG. rimpfan, Gr. "ra`mfos the crooked beak of birds of prey, to roam


In literature:

He loved to feel it rumpling his hair and cutting gently across his cheek.
"Sunny Boy in the Big City" by Ramy Allison White
A woman in a rumpled night dress moaned under him.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
His clothing was rumpled.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
A rumpled and sulky yellow cat, evidently just awake, sat on the doorstep beside him and yawned at intervals.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
She welcomed Christopher with a smile, and he sat down, in his somewhat rumpled evening dress, and smiled back at her in a rather weary fashion.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
She raised her hand and stroked, not without tenderness, his rumpled hair.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
She found her white shift amid the rumpled bedclothes.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She sat beside him on the rumpled bed.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Her beautiful fair hair was rumpled and in disorder, her deep-blue eyes looked pathetic owing to the tears she had shed.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
De Launay pulled off his hat and substituted his own on the rumpled locks of the young man.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
On a row of pegs above hung a number of towels, all rumpled but none dirty.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
For the time being he jealously decided to let it wait, and he turned back to the rumpled sheet upon the desk.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
He smoothed back the rumpled mass of golden hair and studied her features.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
My pink silk dress was a little rumpled; but I shook it out and smoothed it down.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
I went to bed to rumple it, then down to breakfast, all the time thinking of some lie as an excuse for being out all night.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The natty youth was torn, rumpled, grimy.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Three rumpled heads turned on the pillows of the various cots in the big room where the boys slept.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
There, now, see how you've rumpled my cravat!
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
A slender, fair-haired youth in rumpled flying togs greeted them.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
His dark locks were rumpled, his eyes wild and bright.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings

In poetry:

The rumpling of the plumes
Of this creature of the evening
Came to be sleights of sails
Over the sea.
"Infanta Marina" by Wallace Stevens
Will they likely be tarnished
Smudged, dingy, or singed?
Soiled or possibly rumpled
Without and maybe within?
"Hopeful" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
But I don't think they're true to life,
And I'll just tell you why;
They never have a rumpled frock
Or ribbon bow awry.
"Dorothy's Opinion" by Carolyn Wells
Lobbin Clout. On two near elms, the slacken'd cord I hung,
Now high, now low my Blouzelinda swung.
With the rude wind her rumpled garment rose,
And show'd her taper leg, and scarlet hose.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
There must have been a warning given once:
No tree, on pain of withering and sawfly,
To reach the slimmest of his snaky toes
Into this mounded sward and rumple it;
All trees stand back: taboo is on this soil. —
"Ryton Firs" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Just noo in comin' frae the well, I heard a clash an' rair,
An' here he's wi' his heid richt through the ban's o' his wee chair;
I didna ken richt where I stood until I had him free,
An' kissin' a' his rumpled pow as he sat on my knee.
"The Deil's In That Bit Bairn" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The tan suit was less rumpled than usual.
Peter Falk, Rumpled and Crafty Actor in Television's ' Columbo ,' Dies at 83.
Peter Falk, the character actor best known for playing the rumpled cop on TV's Columbo , died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home.
Peter Falk, TV's rumpled Columbo , has died.
Bay Theatre Company's Rumple Who.
Bronze Smoky Eyes and Rumpled Hair at Versace.
Two country stars perform on American Idol tonight, Joe Nichols is a free man and you can grab a rumpled Keith Urban t-shirt…Nashville Kat's got the scoop.
That rumpled grumpus Paul Giamatti seizes the title role in Barney's Version, summoning irresistibility and irritability to create a character as endearing as he is galling.
Peter Falk , TV's rumpled Columbo, has died.
Peter Falk , the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in "columbo" has died.
Peter Falk , Rumpled and Crafty Actor in Television's 'Columbo,' Dies at 83.
The veteran stage and movie actor turned the rumpled detective into one of TV's most iconic characters.
The actor was 83, and won four Emmys for his portrayal of the rumpled TV detective.
Peter Falk , the character actor best known for playing the rumpled cop on TV's Columbo, died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. Peter Falk , the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in "Columbo" has died.

In science:

One of the most popular dust size distribution is due to Mathis, Rumple and Nordsieck (MRN; Mathis et al. 1977).
Spatial distribution of emission in Unidentified Infrared Bands from Midcourse Space Experiment Survey
Interstellar Grain Models: Modern Era • The modern era of interstellar grain models probably began in 1977 with the paper by Mathis, Rumpl, & Nordsieck (1977).
Interstellar Grains -- The 75th Anniversary
We consider that the liquid dipoles develop their short-range correlation, which rumple the distribution of charges, resulting in a spacially non-uniform value of J ’s within the certain imaginary timescale, leading to the possible spin liquid state.
"Nonmagnetic" Dimer Mott insulator induced by the coupling of spin with quantum electric dipoles
MRN distribution (Mathis, Rumpl & Nordsieck 1977), extended down to very small sizes, might provide an estimate for the number of very small grains.
Microwave Emission by Dust: Mechanisms, Properties and Prospects for ISM Studies