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crumpled

[kruhm-puh ld] /ˈkrʌm pəld/
adjective
1.
rumpled; wrinkled; crushed.
2.
bent in a spiral curve:
a crumpled ram's horn.
Origin of crumpled
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; variant of crimpled, past participle of crimple
Related forms
uncrumpled, adjective

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
1400-50; late Middle English; variant of crimple
Related forms
crumply, adjective
uncrumpling, adjective
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  • He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • There was no mistaking that awful, motionless, crumpled posture.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He took a crumpled sheet, that had been smoothed and folded carefully, from his pocket.

  • As Rose forced herself to face this squarely, something within her crumpled.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • She whipped the cracked and crumpled card from her pocket and pushed it into his hand.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for crumpled

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 crumpled

crumple

v.

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

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