crum·​ple | \ ˈkrəm-pəl \
crumpled; crumpling\ ˈkrəm-​p(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of crumple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to press, bend, or crush out of shape : rumple
2 : to cause to collapse

intransitive verb

1 : to become crumpled
2 : collapse



Definition of crumple (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wrinkle or crease made by crumpling

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crumply \ ˈkrəm-​p(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for crumple

Synonyms: Verb

crinkle, rumple, scrunch, wrinkle

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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Examples of crumple in a Sentence


She crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and tossed it into the garbage can. The car's fender was crumpled in the accident. At the sight of blood, he crumpled to the floor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But now, many of those bills could be seen muddied and crumpled up on the street, so worthless that not even street beggars picked them up. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy," 21 Aug. 2018 Three cars lay crumpled under a bridge over a swollen creek, the banks of which had been washed away. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Army National Guardsman Missing After Massive Flooding Hits Ellicott City, Md.," 28 May 2018 Three cars lay crumpled under a bridge over a swollen creek, the banks of which had been washed away. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Man missing, search underway after massive flooding in Ellicott City, Md.," 28 May 2018 The junior forward crumpled to the floor, and stayed there for an extended period before limping straight to Indiana’s locker room. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Maybe Miller sees growth, even after Michigan State blowout," 19 Jan. 2018 Lehner crumpled to the ice after taking Robert Hagg's hard shot off his neck in third period. USA TODAY, "Couturier stays hot, Flyers drop Sabres 4-1 for 3rd straight," 7 Jan. 2018 Latest Stories Shares of CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid immediately tanked on fears that the retail giant would crumple the drugstore market. NBC News, "Pharmacy shares tank on news Amazon is buying online prescription company PillPack," 28 June 2018 Instead there's crumpled napkins, unclaimed pens, forgotten umbrellas, a half-empty Coke bottle and a solitary bluebottle fly out of a Raymond Chandler novel. Kenneth Turan,, "Ron Howard strikes back with 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' and has nothing but praise for Phil Lord and Chris Miller at Cannes," 17 May 2018 The defendant’s face crumpled and tears began to slide down her face. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "For the First Time, the Nanny Cries at her Murder Trial," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the stoop above, a couple argues; and a woman on one of the benches crumples dollar bills into her wallet, then lowers her face into the steam of her curry. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 As Ali's children lift him into bed, his face crumples in pain and exhaustion. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015 And there were Sean and Sandy Anderson, a prepper couple who’d seen their camping and tactical goods business crumple and drove over from Idaho. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 Un-crumple cloth and line the mold (or strainer) with it, leaving overhang. 2. Leah Eskin,, "Heart-shaped dessert coeur a la creme a balm to the melancholy," 24 Apr. 2018 The soldiers then debate whether to take out the person wearing a pink shirt or a blue shirt right before the crack of a shot is heard and one of the figures crumples. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "A Palestinian protester was shot by Israeli snipers. One celebrating soldier called it a ‘legendary clip’," 10 Apr. 2018 Not an open sob, not an angry cry out loud, just a quiet crumple to which my brother responded with a couple of sympathetic pats on the knee. Jodie Briggs, Longreads, "Growing Up Around Funeral Homes Didn’t Prepare Me for Death," 27 Mar. 2018 The woman comes back out 45 minutes later and slowly crumples onto the unfinished patio deck, unable to rise. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The rape is on video, cops say. He hopes blood from her corpse will help exonerate him," 20 Feb. 2018 Suddenly, the Black Hood crumples to the ground, shot —but by Sheriff Keller, not Archie. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 9: We Finally Know Who the Black Hood Is," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of crumple


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crumple


Middle English crumplen, frequentative of Middle English crumpen

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The first known use of crumple was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of crumple

: to press or squeeze (something) so that it is no longer flat or smooth
: to become wrinkled or bent : to stop being smooth or flat
: to suddenly bend and fall


crum·​ple | \ ˈkrəm-pəl \
crumpled; crumpling

Kids Definition of crumple

1 : to press or crush out of shape crumple paper
2 : to become full of wrinkles My shirt got all crumpled in the suitcase.
3 : collapse entry 1 sense 1 At the sight of blood, I crumpled to the floor.

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