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Meaning of WIMPLE

Pronunciation:  'wimpul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women

WIMPLE is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: headdress, headgear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. 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.   --Chaucer.
             For she had laid her mournful stole aside, And
             widowlike sad wimple thrown away.     --Spenser.
             Then Vivian rose, And from her brown-locked head the
             wimple throws.                        --M. Arnold.
    2. A flag or streamer. --Weale.
  2. \Wim"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wimpled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To clothe with a wimple; to cover, as with a veil; hence,
       to hoodwink. ``She sat ywympled well.'' --Chaucer.
             This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy.
    2. To draw down, as a veil; to lay in folds or plaits, as a
    3. To cause to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to cause
       to ripple or undulate; as, the wind wimples the surface of
  3. \Wim"ple\, v. i.
    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.                            --Spenser.
          With me through . . . meadows stray, Where wimpling
          waters make their way.                   --Ramsay.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Isa. 3:22, (R.V., "shawls"), a wrap or veil. The same Hebrew word is rendered "vail" (R.V., "mantle") in Ruth 3:15.