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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Other Words from crumple


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

The barrier that Huang hit was supposed to have a crash attenuator, which crumples to absorb some of the impact. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Tesla's Autopilot Was Involved in Another Deadly Car Crash," 30 Mar. 2018 Bricks smashed the windshield of Lemmon’s Cadillac and crumpled the red soft-top. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Next to her, the Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored cohost’s crumpled Jeep lies on its roof. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018 Those words hit me, lying on an examination table, shirt up, paper crumpled under me. Tara Shafer, Redbook, "I Lost a Baby at 33 Weeks — Now I'm Fighting to Spare Others the Same Pain," 19 June 2018 Their mementos to remember the trip by: empty butter tubs, crumpled burger foil wrappers, dirty paper napkins and a few pounds of leftover food, among other things. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel teacher's family road trip across the U.S. takes a 'trashy' turn," 19 June 2018 As Salah walked off, his face crumpled in tears, his right arm hanging awkwardly limp, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos both consoled him, but the truth is his departure had been Ramos’s fault. Jonathan Wilson,, "Real Madrid's Champions League Triumph Defined By Bale's Heroics, Salah's Injury," 26 May 2018 Instead, the 24-year-old climbed, jumped and crumpled to the ground on the other side. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He tried to scam his local Walmart — then, a chase, a fence and a nasty groin injury, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 Not enough has looked at the hothouse of bullying and peer pressure that today's teens and tweens face - pressure that could crumple many adults. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland International Film Festival: Columbine-inspired "And Then I Go" brutal look at growing up in America (review)," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Any Indiana Pacers at practice Friday who saw Glenn Robinson III crumple to the ground after landing awkwardly on his left leg thought his season might be over — right then and there. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III sidelined 8 weeks with injury, but relieved it wasn’t worse," 30 Sep. 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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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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