Definition of crumple in English:



  • 1 Crush (something, typically paper or cloth) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled.

    ‘he crumpled up the paper bag’
    ‘a crumpled sheet’
    • ‘He stood up brusquely, crumpling the paper and tossing it at my face.’
    • ‘He crumpled the cloth in his hand and read the note again.’
    • ‘As I shoved it into my bag, I had to be especially careful not to crumple the sheet of paper than had all my science notes on it.’
    • ‘Taking out her slightly crumpled test paper, she hurried to the living room.’
    • ‘The surface is suggestive: imagine crumpling a canvas, smoothing it out and then using the tracery of creases to define areas within the final work.’
    • ‘For more insulation, put crumpled newspaper between the freezer cabinet and blankets.’
    • ‘Rual answered, crumpling the napkin into a ball.’
    • ‘‘All right, all right,’ she muttered grumpily, gathering her stuff and crumpling the empty paper bag in one hand.’
    • ‘I threw the pen down in frustration and crumpled the paper in one swift motion.’
    • ‘He reached into his pack and pulled out two dirty crumpled sheets of paper.’
    • ‘He crumpled up the paper in his hands, only to unfold it again.’
    • ‘I shook my head vigorously, crumpled the index card, and tossed it into the trash can.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stared at the half-written sentence and then crumpled the paper in his hand, tossing it onto the dying fire in the fireplace.’
    • ‘Rue finished off the snickers bar, crumpling the wrapper and sticking it into her bag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She crumpled up the paper she'd been absently doodling on and threw it into the wastebasket.’
    • ‘I crumpled the empty paper bag and tossed it in the garbage next to the fridge.’
    • ‘I accepted it and crumpled the energy bar wrapper in my other hand.’
    crease, wrinkle, crinkle, rumple, ruck up, tumble
    crush, scrunch up, screw up, squash, squeeze
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    1. 1.1[no object]Become bent, crooked, or creased.
      ‘they heard the jetliner crumple moments before it crashed’
      • ‘There were torn posters lying crumpled up on the floor and dirty clothes strewn all around.’
      • ‘She looked at the wrinkled shirt, crumpled into a ball, lying on the floor.’
      • ‘Life-saving lamp-posts which crumple if hit by a car are being tested in the Ribble Valley to see if they save lives.’
      • ‘In cases of severe growth inhibition, the wings appeared crumpled with strong structural deformation.’
      • ‘My retinas were crumpled up like a piece of rag, and I could see nothing.’
      • ‘An empty can of beer crumpled underneath my foot as I sat down.’
      • ‘Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the pages crumpled against the blue tile, but I didn't care.’
      • ‘As he constructs these hybrid works, he crumples, twists and tears at his canvases, using them more like building materials than works of fine art.’
      • ‘He clenched his fists tighter and the metal crumpled in his hands like paper.’
      • ‘An aide later found it crumpled in the general's shirt pocket.’
      • ‘So I screwed up the picture as tightly as I could, twisting and folding and crumpling until my hands hurt and no one would see the scene again, especially not me.’
      • ‘A concrete car park, several apartment buildings and part of a hospital unexpectedly crumpled despite their steel frames.’
      • ‘The frame twisted and bent and the car crumpled like cardboard.’
      • ‘Four wrecked cars were artfully strewn along the roadway, doors buckled, windshields smashed, engines crumpled.’
      • ‘I was sandwiched between two seats that had crumpled into each other.’
      • ‘Five steps up the dirt path, my trachea crumpled, my vertebrae fused, and the small muscles in my back revolted and spasmed.’
      • ‘These buildings may have crumpled under the pressure of the quake, but I know for sure that the people will not buckle that easily.’
      • ‘How many of them actually got used, I do not know - only that I found mine crumpled in my bag several days later.’
      • ‘He had heard leaves crumple under the pressure of feet, yet there were no leaves on the ground.’
    2. 1.2[no object](of a person) suddenly flop down to the ground.
      ‘she crumpled to the floor in a dead faint’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My dad crumpled like a wet Kleenex, horrified at himself, and slunked away.’
      • ‘I attacked and found myself either crumpled at his feet or piled in a corner.’
      • ‘He yanked it free and tossed it aside, watching in satisfaction as she slowly crumpled into a heap on the floor.’
      • ‘He lay crumpled on a ruined street of a once high class district.’
      • ‘The phone clicked back into place as Jackie crumpled onto the floor, her composure finally breaking.’
      • ‘Thankfully, she didn't crumple to the ground when he released her.’
      • ‘No longer awash with big-boy bravado, they have crumpled into sobbing heaps.’
      • ‘I just crumpled to the floor in the hall and came round literally feeling like seconds had passed since I took the hit.’
      • ‘Erik shook his head in disgust as he looked at his brother crumpled on the floor and looking so pitiful.’
      • ‘I was expecting Stephen to lash out at her, but he just crumpled down to the floor, a single tear falling down his face.’
      • ‘He eventually left his victim crumpled and unconscious on the ground.’
      • ‘Tom crumpled to the ground, bleeding heavily from the right side of his face.’
      • ‘It broke into a thousand tiny pieces, and my mother crumpled to the ground.’
      • ‘I went into the office to find the offender, and saw a worried woman crumpled in a chair in the corner, wearing a look of weariness and doubt.’
      • ‘Then the young man crumpled to the ground, with his eyes opened in shock, and his mouth gaping.’
      • ‘I inevitably ended up crumpled on the floor after receiving a dodgeball to the kidney.’
      • ‘There was a young woman lying crumpled on the floor beside the wall.’
      • ‘Sarah crumpled into a heap of sobs against the door after he left.’
      collapse, give way, cave in, go to pieces, break down, crumble, be overcome
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    3. 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’
      • ‘Her face crumpled and tears fell silently, as she clasped her husband's arm.’
      • ‘Her face crumpled as tears spilled over, running down her cheeks in a torrent.’
      • ‘I could feel my face crumpling, and I tried to fight back the flood of emotion.’
      • ‘But ask her if she's ever been with a man who loved her and her face crumples before the question's even finished.’
      • ‘Her face crumples at the memories of all the disappointments since.’
      • ‘The watery blue eyes, peeking at you under those bushy eyebrows, the face crumpled into resignation.’
      • ‘She sits heavily down and, after a moment of composure, her face crumples and she begins to sob.’
      • ‘At this, Sarah's face crumpled, and she stood up with arms stretched out to Annie as she used to in the past.’
      • ‘The thought of seeing 40 faces simultaneously crumple with disbelief was too much for us to bear.’
      • ‘The young black doctor smiled - then, as the slur sank in, his face crumpled.’
      • ‘At this, Darcy's face crumpled and she took the seat next to her daughters, dropping her head into her hands.’
      • ‘His right eyebrow shot up as his face crumpled up in disbelief.’
      • ‘His shock registered immediately, but when he took in my tears and the letter in my hand, his face crumpled.’
      • ‘My voice must have broken his trance, because his face crumpled and he turned away from both the children and me.’
      • ‘Her shock wore off and her face quickly crumpled into tears.’
      • ‘Dian's face crumpled, tears welled up in her eyes and threatened to fall.’
      • ‘When she saw me, her face crumpled and she slammed her window shut.’
      • ‘He handed over the receiver, watched as his boy's face crumpled, and didn't even have to ask why.’
      • ‘With her face crumpling in pain, she couldn't see past the tears that flooded down her face.’
      • ‘She stared at me, her face crumpled by the expression of hurt upon her face.’
      pucker, screw up
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  • A crushed fold, crease, or wrinkle.

    • ‘I tend not to shave, and my clothes get crumples, and similar.’
    • ‘In the outside lane is a silver Discovery, stopped, but looking fine. Behind it is a large white van with a spare-wheel shaped crumple in the bonnet.’
    • ‘‘The posture of a computer-user is that of head and neck stuck forward and face peering into the screen, with the thoracic part of the spine slumped into a deep crumple,’ she says.’
    • ‘The slight hills and dips in the fields became the crumples of a quilt not completely smoothed down.’
    • ‘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.’
    crease, fold, pucker, gather, furrow, ridge, line, corrugation, groove, crinkle, crumple, rumple
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Middle English: from obsolete crump make or become curved from Old English crump bent, crooked; related to German krumm.