- 1Crush (something, typically paper or cloth) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled: he crumpled up the paper bag (as adjective crumpled) a crumpled sheetMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Become creased, bent, or crooked: the bumper crumpled as it glanced off the wallMore example sentences
- 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 • figurative her composure crumpledMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 howlMore example sentences
- 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.
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- A crushed fold, crease, or wrinkle.More 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.
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- 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', of West Germanic origin; related to German krumm.