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Probably originally a cavity, and the same word as dimple.


dimble (plural dimbles)

  1. (obsolete) A bower; a dingle.
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion, London: M. Lownes et al., Song 2, p. 27,[1]
      And Satyres, that in stades and gloomy dimbles dwell,
      Runne whooting to the hills to clappe their rude[r] hands.
    • c. 1637, Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd (unfinished play), Act II, Scene 1, in W. Gifford (editor), The Works of Ben Jonson, London: G. & W. Nicol et al., 1816, Volume 6, p. 274,[2]
      The Forest as before. The Witch’s Dimble, cottage, oak, well, &c.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dimble in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)