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

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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 The basics of stellar death are simple: a star blows off a massive shell, leaving its core to crumple into a black hole or neutron star. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Mystery Object Blurs Line between Neutron Stars and Black Holes," 30 June 2020 When residents returned in the 1990s, its primary school was crumpled tin roofs and piles of rubble. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a DIY nation has made it this far," 26 May 2020 And the dark riddle persists: why adversity pushes some to dream out loud and others to crumple inward in silent defeat. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wake Up on Mars': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 17 Apr. 2020 The victim was sitting in a chair and crumpled to the ground, in the disturbing footage. NBC News, "Video shows Las Vegas man, 93, open fire on apartment maintenance worker," 7 Jan. 2020 But on the Golden Eagles' next possession with 5:45 remaining, Howard lost the ball and crumpled to the ground in the ground holding his leg. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Providence 81, Marquette 80 (OT): Friars make plays down stretch," 7 Jan. 2020 All scenes of ordinary domesticity, except for one detail: the rest of the homes these ordinary items were part of have vanished, crumpling in the devastating force of an earthquake that struck Albania earlier this week. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Lives exposed: Albania quake breaks open homes," 1 Dec. 2019 Loosely crumple up the strips and stuff them into the cavity on the underside of the chimney. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Became a Charcoal Grill Master," 2 May 2020 According to the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office at time, Phyliss’s partially-clothed, decomposed body was crumpled down an embankment, in a gully off the side of Yettner Road. NBC News, "Daughter hopes new cold case unit will solve 1970 murder of mother Phyliss O'Brien Carson who was found dead in rural French Camp, California," 22 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bullets to the head, bodies in bloody crumples, people on fire — things of that sort. Dan Barry, New York Times, "You’ve Got the Wrong Idea About Martin McDonagh," 4 Mar. 2020 At Nation Bluff, a ranger had left a crumple of newspaper and dry kindling inside the woodstove. Anchorage Daily News, "A winter journey along the Yukon River," 23 Feb. 2020 Weeks later, Schwab announced the purchase of one of those rivals, which had seen its stock price crumple after Schwab’s announcement. Washington Post, "Quiz: How well did you keep up with business news in 2019?," 18 Dec. 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, 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

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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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23 Jul 2020

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“Crumple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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