- rumpled; wrinkled; crushed.
- bent in a spiral curve: a crumpled ram's horn.
Origin of crumpled
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for crumpled
This explains the crumpled look of his beautiful red velvet suit paired with cowboy boots and a flowery style shirt.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
He crumpled to the ground under a flurry of fists and boots, and as he recalls, no one around him tried to stop the attack.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
He snatched up the thrown chair and crashed it down onto the head of a charging older black man, who crumpled into a heap.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
Steck crumpled to the moraine, and it looked as though he'd be bludgeoned to death.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
The “religious freedom” bill, which like Mississippi's had passed with overwhelming support, crumpled.How Anti-Gay Will Mississippi’s ‘New’ Religious Freedom Bill Be?
March 11, 2014
He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.Way of the Lawless
There was no mistaking that awful, motionless, crumpled posture.Within the Law
He took a crumpled sheet, that had been smoothed and folded carefully, from his pocket.Quaint Courtships
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
- (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
Word Origin and History for crumpled
c.1300, crumplen, frequentative of crumpen "to curl up" (from Old English crump "bent, crooked"). Related: Crumpled; crumpling.