Definition of crumple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəmpəl/


[with object]
1Crush (something, typically paper or cloth) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled: he crumpled up the paper bag (as adjective crumpled) a crumpled sheet
More example sentences
  • Finn crumpled the paper and threw it into the garbage can five feet away from us.
  • She moves cigarettes in her pack, then crumples the paper and puts it on the shelf with chocolate bars.
  • I always stack the dishes and put the silverware in a glass and crumple the paper and sweep up the errant rice, because I bussed tables for many years.
crush, scrunch up, screw up, squash, squeeze
1.1 [no object] Become bent, crooked, or creased: they heard the jetliner crumple moments before it crashed
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  • The frame twisted and bent and the car crumpled like cardboard.
  • He had heard leaves crumple under the pressure of feet, yet there were no leaves on the ground.
  • In cases of severe growth inhibition, the wings appeared crumpled with strong structural deformation.
1.2 [no object] (Of a person) suddenly flop down to the ground: she crumpled to the floor in a dead faint
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  • His comrades had been studying the green leaves with interest but had jumped half a foot into the air when their companion crumpled to the ground.
  • It broke into a thousand tiny pieces, and my mother crumpled to the ground.
  • Tom crumpled to the ground, bleeding heavily from the right side of his face.
collapse, give way, cave in, go to pieces, break down, crumble, be overcome
1.3 [no object] (Of a person’s face) suddenly sag and show an expression of desolation: the child’s face crumpled and he began to howl
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  • She stared at me, her face crumpled by the expression of hurt upon her face.
  • Her face crumpled and tears fell silently, as she clasped her husband's arm.
  • But ask her if she's ever been with a man who loved her and her face crumples before the question's even finished.


A crushed fold, crease, or wrinkle.
Example sentences
  • The initial sense of containment and propriety is reassuring but after 10 minutes the stains start to show and the crumples appear and I'm left craving that comfortable black jumper.
  • I tend not to shave, and my clothes get crumples, and similar.
  • The slight hills and dips in the fields became the crumples of a quilt not completely smoothed down.



Pronunciation: /ˈkrəmp(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • To my horror, I was late, dressed in a mourning black crumply dress, and walked smack into a multitude of reporters and cameras.
  • Anyway, wrestling with that was a lot like trying to figure out how to cut out this bag so it did that slouchy crumply thing I wanted.
  • Today his crumply white face has filled out again, his belly is back with a vengeance and his clothes sense has deserted him.


Middle English: from obsolete crump 'make or become curved', from Old English crump 'bent, crooked'; related to German krumm.

  • This is from obsolete crump ‘make or become curved’, from Old English crump ‘bent, crooked’.

Words that rhyme with crumple

rumple, scrumple

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Syllabification: crum·ple

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