[kruhm-puh ld]


rumpled; wrinkled; crushed.
bent in a spiral curve: a crumpled ram's horn.

Origin of crumpled

1275–1325; Middle English; variant of crimpled, past participle of crimple
Related formsun·crum·pled, adjective


[kruhm-puh l]

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.

Origin of crumple

1400–50; late Middle English; variant of crimple
Related formscrum·ply, adjectiveun·crum·pling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crumpled

Contemporary Examples of crumpled

Historical Examples of crumpled

  • He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.

  • 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.


    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



(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 Formscrumply, adjective

Word Origin for crumple

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for crumpled



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper