- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or to make something move in very small waves The lake rippled in the breeze. 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.
NAmE//ˈrɪpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ripple
he / she / it ripples
past simple rippled
-ing form rippling