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Sunday, August 03, 2014

rimple

\RIM-puhl\ , verb;
1.
to wrinkle; crumple; crease.
noun:
1.
a wrinkle.
Quotes:
The evening was fine, and the air so still, that it scarcely waved the light leaves of the trees around, or rimpled the broad expanse of the waters below.
-- Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, 1791
My father's face rimpled above his great waxed moustache, the elegant erect posture eroded.
-- Adrienne Sharp, The True Memoirs of Little K: A Novel, 2010
Origin:
Rimple comes from the Old English hrimpan, which can be compared to the Old High German rumpfusla meaning "wrinkle; fold." The verb sense entered English in the mid-1400s.
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