- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or to make something move in very small waves The sea rippled and sparkled. rippling muscles ripple something The wind rippled the wheat in the fields.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a feeling, etc.) to spread through a person or a group of people like a wave A gasp rippled through the crowd. Word Origin late 17th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin.Extra examples Shock rippled through her. Small waves rippled gently across the pond. The effects ripple out through the community.
BrE BrE//ˈrɪpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ripple
BrE BrE//ˈrɪpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpl//he / she / it ripples
BrE BrE//ˈrɪplz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪplz//past simple rippled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpld//past participle rippled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpld//-ing form rippling
BrE BrE//ˈrɪplɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪplɪŋ//