[ kruhm-puhl ]
/ ˈkrʌm pəl /
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verb (used with object), crum·pled, crum·pling.

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), crum·pled, crum·pling.

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.



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Origin of crumple

1400–50; late Middle English; variant of crimple


crumply, adjectiveun·crum·pling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crumple

/ (ˈkrʌmpəl) /


(when intr, often foll by up) to collapse or cause to collapsehis courage crumpled
(when tr, often foll by up) to crush or cause to be crushed so as to form wrinkles or creases
(intr) to shrink; shrivel


a loose crease or wrinkle

Derived forms of crumple

crumply, adjective

Word Origin for crumple

C16: from obsolete crump to bend; related to Old High German krimpfan to wrinkle, Old Norse kreppa to contract
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