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Wympil(l, Wempill, Wompyll, n. Also: wympyll, -le, wimple, wompill, -le. [ME and e.m.E. winpel (c1200), wimpel (Ancr. R.), wempel (c1250), wimpil, wympul (both Chaucer), wympill (c1440), wimple (c1530), late OE wimpel, MLG, MDu. wimpel.] A wimple, veil. b. transf.A loop or coil. c. fig.A twist or turn. [Also in the later dial.](a) a1400 Leg. S. ii 287.
His face with thi wempill bundyn
c1420 Wynt. ii 46.
Hyr hayre in wympyll [W. wymple] arayand
(b) c1420 Wynt. ix 3064.
Wympil [A. wompyll] arrayand
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 124.
He that hid Sanct Johnis ene with ane wimple [M. wompill]
1513 Doug. i vii 111.
The Troian madynnys … With hair doun skalit, all sorofull gan pas Onto the tempill of the grevit Pallas To ask supple; with thame a wympill [Sm. womple] bair thai
1513 Doug. ii v 90.
Hectour … schew furth in his handis The dreidfull valis, wymplis and garlandis Of Vesta, goddes of the erth and fyre
1513 Doug. iv xii 88.
[She] with hir wympil wipyt the blude away
(c) 15.. Clar. i 802.
He … bad that scho sum taikin fair sould send As he that hade the laude … of the tornament … Scho him hes send … Ane plesant wompill, with stonis set
15.. Clar. i 818.
Ressavit he hes the wompill … And … about his arme it band
b. 1513 Doug. ii iv 30.
Thai [sc. the serpents] about hym lowpit in wympillis threw And twys cyrkyllit his myddil rownd about
1600-1610 Melvill 569.
A blew traine … in the air, most lyk ane serpent in mony faulds and linkit wimples
c. 1637 Johnston Diary I 287.
In sinceritie, uprightnes, and aifaldnes without crooks, wyles, wimples
1638 Johnston Diary I 320.
To goe on in thair Christian way notwithstanding al wyles, wimples, offers, motions, and uther letts

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