1. A small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, especially in the cheek or on the chin.
2. A slight depression or indentation in a surface.
v. dim·pled, dim·pling, dim·ples
To form dimples by smiling.
To produce dimples in.
[Middle English dimpel.]
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