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crumple

verb crum·ple \ ˈkrəm-pəl \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of crumple

crumpled; crumpling play \ˈkrəm-p(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to press, bend, or crush out of shape : rumple
2 : to cause to collapse
1 : to become crumpled
2 : collapse

Examples of crumple in a Sentence

  1. She crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and tossed it into the garbage can.

  2. The car's fender was crumpled in the accident.

  3. At the sight of blood, he crumpled to the floor.

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Origin and Etymology of crumple

Middle English crumplen, frequentative of Middle English crumpen


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crumple

noun

Definition of crumple

: a wrinkle or crease made by crumpling

crumply

play \ˈkrəm-p(ə-)lē\ adjective

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First Known Use of crumple

15th century

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CRUMPLE Defined for English Language Learners

crumple

Definition of crumple for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CRUMPLE Defined for Kids

crumple

verb crum·ple \ ˈkrəm-pəl \

Definition of crumple for Students

crumpled; crumpling
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 : 1collapse 1
  • At the sight of blood, I crumpled to the floor.


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