Share this entry

Share this page

wimple

Line breaks: wim¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪmp(ə)l
 
/

Definition of wimple in English:

noun

A cloth headdress covering the head, neck, and the sides of the face, formerly worn by women and still worn by some nuns.
Example sentences
  • One day, as she roams deep in the forest, ill with allergies and the flu, her sweat-shirt hood pulled tightly around her like a postmodern wimple, Ann experiences an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
  • The lord had always thought it was a shame that women, in the most blossoming point in their life, had to bind their hair and hide it under wimples and veils.
  • ‘My mother will give you your first wimple and veil,’ she said flatly.

Origin

late Old English wimpel, of Germanic origin; related to German Wimpel 'pennon, streamer'.

Derivatives

wimpled

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • His dense collages are like the inner workings of a sputtering cartoon steam engine, ejaculating random phrases and shaky, wimpled shapes.
  • There's a certifiable obsession with textures evident, each surface shaded in a different pattern: the plastered walls, the wimpled counters, the rutted tabletops.

Words that rhyme with wimple

dimple, pimple, simple

Definition of wimple in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure