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Wympil(l, Womple, v. Also: wymple, wimple, wompil(l, woimple, woumple, woomple, wumpil(l. P.p. also ywympillit, ywymplit. [ME and e.m.E. wimplin (c1240), wymple(n (Chaucer), wympell (1594). Also in the later dial.] tr.a. To envelop, wrap, wreathe; embroil (a person, animal, etc.) ((up) in something); to wind (a person) round with. Also fig. or in fig. context. b. Of a person or animal: To (cause to) curl up. Also reflex. c. To wind up, thus, terminate (the thread of life). d. To fold (cloth). e. To wrap (cloth, etc.) round (about) (something).a. p.t. 15.. Clar. iii 500.
With hir courtche they wompillit all hir face, Stopping hir mouth [etc.]
p.p. 1494 Deidis of Armorie 39.
Quhilkis bowis and plyis … sua that throw waiknes to sustene thaim he may nocht scher thaim … and … thus he mengis the hornes … in sicwis that he remanys tane … he that bur him first in armes … he occupeit him to put away fra him waik folkis … in the quhilk he was sua womplyt [Lindsay MS womplit] that he wes tane
1513 Doug. vi iv 93.
Witles Discord, … Wymplit [Ruddim. womplit; L. innexa] and buskit in a bludy bend
1513 Doug. vii xi 61.
Hys body wymplit [L. tegimen torquens immane leonis] in A … lyon skyn
1513 Doug. xii xiii 135.
And all elike wymplit and cled thir trakis With eddris thrawin, and harys full of snakis [Sm. wympillit, Ruddim. wimplit; L. serpentum spiris … addidit]
a1578 Pitsc. (1728) 24 (see also b p.p. below).
Wompled up in sandal
(b) 1513 Doug. xi xi 48.
Ywympillit [Ruddim. ywymplit; L. clausum] in this bark tho dyd he take Hys ȝong douchter
fig. a1599 Rollock Wks. I 311.
Ane sinfull saull … wompled and wrapped as it wer in the blude of Jesus
a1599 Rollock Wks. II 4.
He will thirst to be woompled in the wounds of Jesus
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. v 2.
I waill and weip, That womplit am in woes
b. pres., reflex. 1494 Deidis of Armorie 25.
The herichon … is … armyt of al partis with spines … and thai ar his armys to defend him quhen his enemy rynnis on him and womplis him within al round … sua that his enemy dar nocht tuiche him
p.p. a1578 Pitsc. I 61/6.
Ane body of ane ȝoung chyld found in ane kaise of leid wumpillit wpoun sandell
c. 1513 Doug. x xiii 134.
The fatale sisteris … Had wymplyt [L. legunt] vp this Lawsus lattyr threid
d. c1520-c1535 Nisbet John xx 7.
And the sudarie that was on His hede nocht laid with the schetis bot be itself wympilit [W., P. wlappid; L. involutum] into aan place
1591 Crim. Trials I ii 253.
Your guidmannis sark to be … laid woumplit vnder your bedfeit
e. 1591 Crim. Trials I ii 253.
Ane seruiett with beif woimplit about the guise
1591 Crim. Trials I ii 253.
About the quhilk wes ane auld blak much woimplit
c1650 Spalding I 279.
Quhilk charge so wrettin wes womplit about ane arrow heid, syne schot wp over the castell wallis

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