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[dim-puh l] /ˈdɪm pəl/
a small, natural hollow area or crease, permanent or transient, in some soft part of the human body, especially one formed in the cheek in smiling.
any similar slight depression.
verb (used with object), dimpled, dimpling.
to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in:
A smile dimpled her face.
  1. to dent (a metal sheet) so as to permit use of bolts or rivets with countersunk heads.
  2. to mark (a metal object) with a drill point as a guide for further drilling.
verb (used without object), dimpled, dimpling.
to form or show dimples.
Origin of dimple
1350-1400; Middle English dimpel, Old English *dympel; cognate with German Tümpel pool
Related forms
dimply, adjective
undimpled, adjective Unabridged
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  • As soon as they were within speaking distance, dimple began to put her questions.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • A touch might have dinted her, made a dimple in a wrong place.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • Valeria's dimple had slipped into a little line on her cheek.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • They were mere skin and bone; no sign of baby chubbiness, no curve or dimple.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Then dimple and Rock stole softly off to hide101 themselves, while Florence covered her eyes by a tree.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • One dimple on a girl's cheek is charming; two—and you send for the doctor.

    The Man In The High-Water Boots F. Hopkinson Smith
  • dimple waited upon the landing, while Jim glided up to the cupboard where the nightingale was kept.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • Now when Bonnie Bell smiles she sort of has a dimple here and there.

    The Man Next Door Emerson Hough
  • dimple ran to fetch the eggs, over the laying of which her fowls had scarcely ceased to cackle in the barn.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for dimple


a small natural dent or crease in the flesh, esp on the cheeks or chin
any slight depression in a surface
a bubble or dent in glass
to make or become dimpled
(intransitive) to produce dimples by smiling
Derived Forms
dimply, adjective
Word Origin
C13 dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Word Origin and History for dimple

c.1400, perhaps existing in Old English as a word meaning "pothole," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dumpilaz, which has yielded words in other languages meaning "small pit, little pool" (e.g. German Tümpel "pool," Middle Low German dümpelen, Dutch dompelen "to plunge"). Related: Dimples.


1570s (implied in dimpled), from dimple (n.).

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dimple in Medicine

dimple dim·ple (dĭm'pəl)

  1. A small natural indentation in the chin, cheek, or sacral region, probably due to some developmental fault in the subcutaneous connective tissue or in underlying bone.

  2. A depression of similar appearance resulting from trauma or the contraction of scar tissue.

dim'ple v.
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