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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The legs of his adversary seemed to crumple up like paper beneath him.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The crumple affected Cassy but far less than she had expected.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The crumple was not there, or at least only such crumple as she had naturally awaited.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • And then he began to crush and crumple the paper, and to tear it into a thousand shreds.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • He had the writing in his hand, and was about to crumple it, but I caught sight of it, and snatched it from him.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • He heard the crumple of paper as he counted out a number of bills.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • Symes's towering figure seemed to crumple in the office chair.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • Half-after eleven, whispered Vavasour, seeming to crumple in the middle.

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • All at once something inside his brain seemed to crumple up.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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