From Middle English dympull, likely from Proto-Germanic *dumpila- (“sink-hole, dimple”), from Proto-Germanic *dumpa- (“hole, hollow, pit”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewb- (“deep, hollow”), equivalent to dialectal dump (“deep hole or pool”) + -le (diminutive suffix). Akin to Old High German tumphilo (“pool”) (whence German Tümpel) and Old English dyppan (“to dip”).
dimple (plural dimples)
- A small depression or indentation in a surface.
- The accident created a dimple in the hood of the car.
- 1815, William Wordsworth, The White Doe of Rylstone; or, The Fate of the Nortons
- The garden pool's dark surface […] breaks into dimples small and bright.
- Specifically, a small natural depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.
- You have very cute dimples.
- (depression in a surface): dent
- (transitive) To create a dimple in.
- The hailstorm dimpled the roof of our car.
- (intransitive) To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.
- The young girl dimpled in glee as she was handed a cupcake.
- To form dimples; to sink into depressions or little inequalities.
- 1668, John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, M. DC. LXVI. […], London: […] Henry Herringman, […], OCLC 1064438096, (please specify the stanza number):
- And smiling eddies dimpled o'er the main.