crum·​ple | \ ˈkrəm-pəl How to pronounce crumple (audio) \
crumpled; crumpling\ ˈkrəm-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crumpling (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crumply (audio) \ 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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If your shoes are wet, crumple up newspaper (or any other type of paper) and stuff it in your shoes to help the shoes maintain their shape. Irene Hwang, Seventeen, "How to Clean Suede Shoes Like a Fashion Pro," 13 May 2019 The 30-year-old crumpled to the ground and was quickly tended to by goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic and club physio Gianni Bianchi., "Bayern Munich Hit With Blow as Arturo Vidal Suffers Knee Injury in Training," 15 Apr. 2018 Munson crumpled to the mat after the final bell, but medical treatment was delayed amid what records show were questions over his care and hang-ups exiting the 1920s-era building. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ringside doctor, promoters involved in fatal kickbox bout will face wrongful death lawsuit in Milwaukee," 26 Jan. 2018 Photos show a terrifying scene: The wooden cabin appears crumpled, surrounded by forest—and some electrical wires. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Images of a Tree Falling on a Kentucky Cabin Are Terrifying," 19 Apr. 2019 Last but definitely not least, get rid of all those crumpled takeout menus that are stuffed in your junk drawer or hung up on the side of the fridge. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What To Get Rid Of Before The New Year Starts," 26 Dec. 2018 Capable of withstanding gusts up to 70 mph, according to the company, the aerodynamic umbrella looks like some combination of a Stealth bomber and a Batman cape and is designed to stabilize in high winds instead of crumpling. Peter Holley,, "The physics behind the odd-looking 'stormproof umbrella'," 30 Mar. 2018 By and large, fans cheer the fights and big hits that crumple players. Sam Donnellon,, "Is the NHL doing enough to prevent concussions? Eric Lindros, others don't think so," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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 How to pronounce crumple (audio) \
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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