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crumple

[kruhm-puh l] /ˈkrʌm pəl/
verb (used with object), crumpled, crumpling.
1.
to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass; bend out of shape; rumple; wrinkle.
2.
to cause to collapse or give way suddenly:
That right hook to the midsection crumpled him.
verb (used without object), crumpled, crumpling.
3.
to contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
4.
to give way suddenly; collapse:
The bridge crumpled under the weight of the heavy trucks.
noun
5.
an irregular fold or wrinkle produced by crumpling.
Origin of crumple
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; variant of crimple
Related forms
crumply, adjective
uncrumpling, adjective
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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

crumple

/ˈkrʌmpəl/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by up. to collapse or cause to collapse: his courage crumpled
2.
when tr, often foll by up. to crush or cause to be crushed so as to form wrinkles or creases
3.
(intransitive) to shrink; shrivel
noun
4.
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
v.

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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