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Definitions for dimple
ˈdɪm pəldim·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimpled chad, pregnant chad, dimplenoun

    a chad that has been punched or dimpled but all four corners are still attached

  2. dimplenoun

    any slight depression in a surface

    "there are approximately 336 dimples on a golf ball"

  3. dimpleverb

    a small natural hollow in the cheek or chin

    "His dimple appeared whenever he smiled"

  4. dimpleverb

    mark with, or as if with, dimples

    "drops dimpled the smooth stream"

  5. dimpleverb

    produce dimples while smiling

    "The child dimpled up to the adults"


  1. dimplenoun

    A small depression or indentation in a surface.

    The accident created a dimple in the hood of the car.

  2. dimplenoun

    Specifically, a small natural depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.

    You have very cute dimples.

  3. dimpleverb

    To create a dimple in.

    The hailstorm dimpled the roof of our car.

  4. dimpleverb

    To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.

    The young girl dimpled in glee as she was handed a cupcake.

  5. Etymology: From dympull, akin to tumphilo 'whirlpool' and dyppan 'to dip'

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIMPLEnoun

    Etymology: dint, a hole; dintle, a little hole; by a careless pronunciation dimple. Stephen Skinner

    The dimple of the upper lip is the common measure of them all. Nehemiah Grew, Cosm. Sac. b. i. c. 5.

    In her forehead’s fair half-round,
    Love sits in open triumph crown’d;
    He in the dimple of her chin,
    In private state, by friends is seen. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Dimpleverb

    To sink in small cavities, or little inequalities.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The wild waves master’d him, and suck’d him in,
    And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab.

    Eternal smiles his emptiness betray,
    As shallow streams run dimpling all away. Alexander Pope, Epistle ii.


  1. Dimple

    A dimple, also called a gelasin (from Latin gelasinus, from Ancient Greek γελασῖνος (gelasînos)) is a small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, most notably in the cheek. Numerous cultures believe that cheek dimples are a good luck charm that entices people who perceive them as physically attractive, but they are also associated with heroism and innocence, which has been included in literature for many centuries. Medical research debates whether cheek dimples can be inherited or which type of allele they are, but it is certain that humans with cheek dimples are more likely to have them in both cheeks. Depth and length appearances are affected by the shape of the skull and dimples can appear and disappear due to age. There are four types of facial dimples, including cheek, and the cleft chin (sometimes nicknamed a "chin dimple").


  1. dimple

    A dimple is a small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, especially in the cheek or on the chin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dimplenoun

    a slight natural depression or indentation on the surface of some part of the body, esp. on the cheek or chin

  2. Dimplenoun

    a slight indentation on any surface

  3. Dimpleverb

    to form dimples; to sink into depressions or little inequalities

  4. Dimpleverb

    to mark with dimples or dimplelike depressions

  5. Etymology: [Prob. a nasalized dim. of dip. See Dip, and cf. Dimble.]


  1. Dimple

    A gelasin, commonly known as a dimple, is a small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, most notably in the cheek or on the chin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dimple

    dim′pl, n. a small hollow: a small natural depression on the face.—v.i. to form dimples.—v.t. to mark with dimples.—p.adj. Dim′pled.—n. Dim′plement.—adj. Dim′ply. [Dim. of dip, with inserted m. Another dim. is dapple.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A ripple in the gentle whirlpool of a pretty woman's smile.

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  1. limped

  2. plimed

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimple in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dimple in a Sentence

  1. Irish Proverb:

    A dimple in the chin a devil within.

  2. Stephen Leacock:

    Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.

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