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rumple Line breaks: rum¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌmp(ə)l/

Definition of rumple in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective rumpled)
Give a creased, ruffled, or dishevelled appearance to: a rumpled bed
More example sentences
  • She got up, not answering, brushing her blouse and smoothing out the slightly rumpled skirt.
  • She sighed as, at long last, she fell into her bed, not even noticing the fact that the sheets were rumpled.
  • The cotton of her skirt was slightly rumpled, and she could see a few strands of hair had strayed from her loose bun.
British rare ruckle
ruffle, disarrange, tousle, dishevel, run one's fingers through, riffle;
make untidy, mess up, make a mess of
North American informal muss, muss up


[in singular] Back to top  
An untidy state: she left her clothes in a rumple on the floor




Early 16th century (as a noun in the sense 'wrinkle'): from Middle Dutch rompel.

Words that rhyme with rumple

crumple, scrumple
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