dimple

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪmpəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmpəl

Noun[edit]

dimple (plural dimples)

  1. A small depression or indentation in a surface.
    The accident created a dimple in the hood of the car.
    • (Can we date this quote by Wordsworth and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The garden pool's dark surface [] breaks into dimples small and bright.
  2. Specifically, a small natural depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.
    You have very cute dimples.

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  • (depression in a surface): dent

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Verb[edit]

dimple (third-person singular simple present dimples, present participle dimpling, simple past and past participle dimpled)

  1. (transitive) To create a dimple in.
    The hailstorm dimpled the roof of our car.
  2. (intransitive) To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.
    The young girl dimpled in glee as she was handed a cupcake.
  3. To form dimples; to sink into depressions or little inequalities.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      And smiling eddies dimpled on the main.

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