Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[ruhm-puh l] /ˈrʌm pəl/
verb (used with object), rumpled, rumpling.
to crumple or crush into wrinkles:
to rumple a sheet of paper.
to ruffle; tousle (sometimes followed by up):
The wind rumpled her hair.
verb (used without object), rumpled, rumpling.
to become wrinkled or crumpled:
Tissue rumples easily.
a wrinkle or irregular fold; crease.
1595-1605; < Dutch rompelen (v.), rompel (noun)
Related forms
unrumpled, adjective
1. wrinkle, crease, muss. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for rumpled
  • The rumpled clothes remain: a brown polo sweater, casual pants and sensible leather walking shoes.
  • We approach one that appears to be sleeping, its rumpled back and bulging head rolling with the waves.
  • She had dropped into her usual armchair, facing his, and was running her fingers through her rumpled hair.
  • He seldom wore a coat in summer, and his rumpled shirt bulged out carelessly over the belt of his trousers.
  • Space, from his perspective, is the oft-rumpled fabric of the universe.
  • The starch gave it a somewhat rumpled appearance but gave it added rigidity.
  • He wears a rumpled dress shirt, a tie, a dark topcoat.
  • He, lanky and rumpled in torn jeans and gray fleece sweater, sits on the floor.
  • The landscape here was what granite had made it-unruly, rumpled, rugged.
  • Although she is chaste, she tends again and again to be discovered in a sort of rumpled state.
British Dictionary definitions for rumpled


to make or become wrinkled, crumpled, ruffled, or dishevelled
a wrinkle, fold, or crease
Derived Forms
rumply, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch rompelen; related to Old English gerumpen creased, wrinkled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rumpled



c.1600, possibly a variant of rimple "to wrinkle" (c.1400), from Old English hrympel "wrinkle" (possibly influenced by Middle Dutch rumpelen), related to Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle" (see ramp (v.)). Related: Rumpled; rumpling. As a noun from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rumple

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rumpled

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with rumpled

Nearby words for rumpled