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



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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of crumple in a Sentence

Verb 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 Her pose was a crumpled one, with the glorious ruffles of her gown—medieval in shape, but more Lil Nas X–like with its bandana-print pattern—splayed about her. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 Images of crumpled Skyliner cabins in a line at a loading station have circulated on social media, but Disney has not addressed them publicly. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World Skyliner gondola shutdown: What we know and don’t know," 6 Oct. 2019 If the cardboard box the gift came in (not the original packaging) is crumpled, get a fresh one. Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Really OK to Regift? Etiquette Experts Weigh In," 30 Sep. 2019 But past attempts to make such aqueous structures have literally collapsed, as their surfaces shrink and their structures crumple into useless blobs. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Liquid-in-liquid printing method could put 3D-printed organs in reach," 1 Nov. 2019 Fans had begun to trickle toward the exit early in the second half as Orlando City crumpled during a 5-2 blowout loss to Chicago. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City closes season with 5-2 home loss to Chicago Fire," 8 Oct. 2019 In addition to Woods’ crumpled wall relief, a pedestal sculpture of expensively gilded basketball shoes by Kendell Carter stands out among works by a mostly younger generation of artists. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For the black artists of CAAM’s ‘L.A. Blacksmith,’ metal has meaning," 27 Sep. 2019 Rush’s tackle jarred Wilson at an award angle, crumpling him to the ground. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Stoops: Terry Wilson's injury does not change goals for Kentucky football," 8 Sep. 2019 Renner has narrow blue-green eyes and a face that can crumple—from playful to weary, vengeful to calm—at will. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Jeremy Renner’s Strange Summer," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One practice into coach Zac Taylor's inaugural season, the last-place Bengals saw their most indispensable player crumple on the field. Joe Kay, Houston Chronicle, "Bengals receiver A.J. Green hurt, carted off during 1st practice," 27 July 2019 One practice into coach Zac Taylor's inaugural season, the last-place Bengals saw their most indispensable player crumple on the field. Joe Kay,, "Bengals star receiver A.J. Green hurt, carted off first practice," 27 July 2019 Pinned up against unyielding bedrock to the north in British Columbia, Washington crumples and cracks under the north-south compression. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Friday earthquakes on a crustal fault show it’s not only the ‘Big One’ we should fear," 13 July 2019 On impact, the collapsible structure flexes and crumples, basically moving in all directions, depending on the angle and force of the crash. Stephanie Pearson, WIRED, "Top 3 Bike Helmets for 2019," 24 June 2019 Compartir The sight of an airy outdoor terrace, full of orange trees and low-slung lamps and big, hearty laughs will put your mind (and shirt crumples) at ease. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 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

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crumple.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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