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[kruhm-puh l] /ˈkrʌm pəl/
verb (used with object), crumpled, crumpling.
to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass; bend out of shape; rumple; wrinkle.
to cause to collapse or give way suddenly:
That right hook to the midsection crumpled him.
verb (used without object), crumpled, crumpling.
to contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
to give way suddenly; collapse:
The bridge crumpled under the weight of the heavy trucks.
an irregular fold or wrinkle produced by crumpling.
Origin of crumple
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; variant of crimple
Related forms
crumply, adjective
uncrumpling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crumple
  • crumple two sheets of newspaper and place them in the bottom of a box or pan.
  • crumple a few sheets of newspaper and set them in the bottom of the larger box.
  • Still today, websites can crumple under heavy loads.
  • The extra weight was built in to take care of the air bags, crumple zones and other safety requirements of modern cars.
  • crumple the napkin into a ball and soak it in the hot water.
  • After the nose of the jet curled up, the jet began to crumple.
  • Midway through the crumple, the jet exploded into a giant fireball.
  • The energy you add to a sheet as you crumple it, they have found, causes it to buckle along a series of sharp ridges.
  • Take a piece of paper and crumple it into as small a ball as you can.
  • Before the race, crumple your race bib into a ball a few times to make it softer and less likely to cause pain.
British Dictionary definitions for crumple


when intr, often foll by up. to collapse or cause to collapse: his courage crumpled
when tr, often foll by up. to crush or cause to be crushed so as to form wrinkles or creases
(intransitive) to shrink; shrivel
a loose crease or wrinkle
Derived Forms
crumply, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete crump to bend; related to Old High German krimpfan to wrinkle, Old Norse kreppa to contract
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Word Origin and History for crumple

c.1300, crumplen, frequentative of crumpen "to curl up" (from Old English crump "bent, crooked"). Related: Crumpled; crumpling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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