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rumple (v.)

"to wrinkle, make uneven," c. 1600, in rumpled, of uncertain origin, perhaps 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, "a wrinkle, a fold."

Also compare Middle English runkle "become wrinkled" (late 14c.), runkel (n.) "a wrinkle" (early 14c.), probably from Old Norse hrukka.

updated on October 24, 2021

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Definitions of rumple from WordNet

rumple (v.)
disturb the smoothness of;
Synonyms: ruffle / ruffle up / mess up
rumple (v.)
to gather something into small wrinkles or folds;
Synonyms: pucker / cockle / crumple / knit
rumple (v.)
become wrinkled or crumpled or creased;
Synonyms: crumple / wrinkle / crease / crinkle
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