• WordNet 3.6
    • n wimple headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wimple A covering of silk, linen, or other material, for the neck and chin, formerly worn by women as an outdoor protection, and still retained in the dress of nuns. "Full seemly her wympel ipinched is.""For she had laid her mournful stole aside,
      And widowlike sad wimple thrown away."
      "Then Vivian rose,
      And from her brown-locked head the wimple throws."
    • Wimple A flag or streamer.
    • Wimple To cause to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to cause to ripple or undulate; as, the wind wimples the surface of water.
    • Wimple To clothe with a wimple; to cover, as with a veil; hence, to hoodwink. "She sat ywympled well.""This wimpled , whining, purblind, wayward boy."
    • Wimple To draw down, as a veil; to lay in folds or plaits, as a veil.
    • v. i Wimple To lie in folds; also, to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to ripple; to undulate. "Wimpling waves.""For with a veil, that wimpled everywhere,
      Her head and face was hid."
      "With me through . . . meadows stray,
      Where wimpling waters make their way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wimple A covering of silk, linen, or other material laid in folds over the head and round the chin, the sides of the face, and the neck, formerly worn by women out of doors, and still retained as a conventual dress for nuns.
    • n wimple A plait or fold.
    • n wimple A loose or fluttering piece of cloth of any sort; a pennon or flag.
    • wimple To cover with or as with a wimple or veil; deck with a wimple; hide with a wimple.
    • wimple To hood wink.
    • wimple To lay in plaits or folds; draw down in folds.
    • wimple To resemble or suggest wimples; undulate; ripple: as, a brook that wimples onward.
    • wimple To lie in folds; make folds or irregular plaits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wimple wim′pl a hood or veil folded round the neck and face (still a part of a nun's dress): a flag
    • v.t Wimple to hide with a wimple:
    • v.i Wimple to ripple:
    • v.t Wimple (Shak.) to hoodwink: to lay in folds
    • v.i Wimple (Spens.) to lie in folds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

The wimple covered the neck, and was worn chiefly out of doors.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
She had pulled off her horned wimple and tied a kerchief round her head.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
There's aye a wimple in a lawyer's clew.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
All the music of the heather hills and the wimpling burns wooed me to join my kinsmen in the North.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Agnes, that wimple of yours is all awry; who pinned it up?
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Little soft winds from the south wimpled the grass of the rolling ranges, shook all the leaves of the poplars.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Jim was seated on the grassy bank near the creek, where the clear water wimpled and gurgled over the white, rounded stones.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
The hawk-ticks exterminate them as readily as wimples do moles.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
Tweed was a "wimpling stately" stream, and there were "Eden scenes on crystal Jed" scarcely less fascinating.
"In the Border Country" by W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
She has a wimple in her hands which she may wind about her head.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop

In poetry:

Then up and spake an elder mon,
That held the Spade its Ace —
God save the lad! Whence comes the licht
"That wimples on his face?"
"The Fall of Jock Gillespie" by Rudyard Kipling
And it's here a mighty water flows,
With drifts of wind and wimpled waves;
But the darling head of a dear one dead
Is hidden beneath its caves.
"Stanzas" by Henry Kendall
My only door some pieces of crossed wood,
Within it I can rest enjoy.
I drink the water wimpling from the spring;
Nor hunger can my peace destroy.
"The Contentment Of A Poor Recluse" by Confucius
Sometimes the wavelets wimple in
O'erlapping tiers of crystal shelves,
And little circles dimple in,
As if the waters quaffed themselves,
The while they spin:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Poor, fond enthusiast! whither stray?
By wimpling burn or broomy brae?
Wasting, I ween, the live-lang day
In am'rous rhime?--
The hour will come, thou'lt sigh, and say,
What loss o' time!
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
And now, Sir, a word to the wise is enough;
You'll make very little of all your old stuff;
And to build at your age, by my troth, you grow simple,
Are you young and rich, like the master of Wimple?
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior

In news:

You'll see them outfitted in wimples based on Flemish garb of the 14th century, their faces awash with pasty white and glittery sprays of vivid makeup, taking up names that simultaneously mock and empower.
A loitering breeze wimples green leaves, exposing their gray undersides, and beyond, fields swim in yellow and purple flowers.
Television star Raven-Symoné made her Broadway debut as the new wimple-wearing disco diva of Broadway's Sister Act, beginning March 27 at the Broadway Theatre.
ADRIAN —With nearly half the Lenawee County precincts reporting early today, incumbent Register of Deeds Carolyn Bater appeared to be ahead of challenger Sharon Wimple.