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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cloth wound around the head, framing the face, and drawn into folds beneath the chin, worn by women in medieval times and as part of the habit of certain orders of nuns.
  • n. A fold or pleat in cloth.
  • n. A ripple, as on the surface of water.
  • n. A curve or bend.
  • transitive v. To cover with or dress in a wimple.
  • transitive v. To cause to form folds, pleats, or ripples.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To form or lie in folds.
  • intransitive v. To ripple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cloth which usually covers the head and is worn around the neck and chin. It was worn by women in medieval Europe and is still worn by nuns in certain orders.
  • n. A fold or pleat in cloth.
  • n. A ripple, as on the surface of water.
  • n. A curve or bend.
  • v. To cover with a wimple.
  • v. To draw down; to lower.
  • v. To cause to ripple.
  • v. To flutter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering of silk, linen, or other material, for the neck and chin, formerly worn by women as an outdoor protection, and still retained in the dress of nuns.
  • n. A flag or streamer.
  • intransitive v. To lie in folds; also, to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to ripple; to undulate.
  • transitive v. To clothe with a wimple; to cover, as with a veil; hence, to hoodwink.
  • transitive v. To draw down, as a veil; to lay in folds or plaits, as a veil.
  • transitive v. To cause to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to cause to ripple or undulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as with a wimple or veil; deck with a wimple; hide with a wimple.
  • To hood wink.
  • To lay in plaits or folds; draw down in folds.
  • To resemble or suggest wimples; undulate; ripple: as, a brook that wimples onward.
  • To lie in folds; make folds or irregular plaits.
  • n. A covering of silk, linen, or other material laid in folds over the head and round the chin, the sides of the face, and the neck, formerly worn by women out of doors, and still retained as a conventual dress for nuns.
  • n. A plait or fold.
  • n. A loose or fluttering piece of cloth of any sort; a pennon or flag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women

Etymologies

Middle English wimpel, from Old English; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wimpel ("veil, an article of women's dress; a covering for the neck, a cloak, a hood"), from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz; liken Old Saxon wimpal, Old Norse vimpill ("hood, veil"), Old High German wimpal, Middle Dutch, Dutch wimpel, German wimpel. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wimplen ("to cover, conceal; to fold, drape") (Wiktionary)

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