• To move like the undulating surface of a body of water; to undulate.
  • To propagate like a moving wave.
  • To make a sound as of water running gently over a rough bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore.
  • To shape into a series of ripples.
  • To launch or unleash in rapid succession.
  • To scratch, tear, or break slightly; graze
  • To remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by means of a ripple.


  • From an alteration of rimple.
  • From Middle English *ripelen, repulen, equivalent to rip + -le.
  • Compare German Low German Repel, Dutch repel, German Riffel, extended forms (with instrumental or diminutive -le) of Low German Repe, Dutch repe. Compare also Dutch repen, German reffen, Swedish repa ("to beat; ripple").
  • The verb is from Middle English ripplen, rypelen. Compare Low German repelen, Dutch repelen, German riffeln.

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