crumples, crumpling, crumpled
1) V-ERG If you crumple something such as paper or cloth, or if it crumples, it is squashed and becomes full of untidy creases and folds.

[V n] She crumpled the paper in her hand...

The front and rear of the car will crumple during a collision.

Derived words:
crumpled ADJ-GRADED

His uniform was crumpled, untidy, splashed with mud.

Crumple up means the same as crumple.

V P n (not pron) She crumpled up her coffee cup... V n P Nancy looked at the note angrily, then crumpled it up and threw it in a nearby wastepaper basket.

2) VERB If someone crumples, they collapse, for example when they have received a shock. [WRITTEN]

His body crumpled...

[V prep] He immediately crumpled to the floor...

[V-ed] Chance McAllister lay crumpled on the floor.

3) VERB If someone's face crumples, they suddenly look very disappointed or as if they want to cry. [WRITTEN]

She faltered, and then her face crumpled once more.

Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Crumple — Crum ple (kr[u^]m p l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crumpled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crumpling} ( pl[i^]ng).] [Dim. fr. crump, a.] To draw or press into wrinkles or folds; to crush together; to rumple; as, to crumple paper. [1913 Webster] They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crumple — Crum ple, v. i. To contract irregularly; to show wrinkles after being crushed together; as, leaves crumple. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crumple — c.1300, crumplen, frequentative of crumpen to curl up (from O.E. crump bent, crooked ). Related: Crumpled; crumpling …   Etymology dictionary

  • crumple — [v] make or become wrinkled break down, buckle, cave in, collapse, crease, crimp, crimple, crinkle, crush, fall, fold, give way, go to pieces, pucker, rimple, ruck, rumple, screw, scrunch, shrivel, wad, wrinkle; concepts 184,208,252 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • crumple — ► VERB 1) crush so as to become creased and wrinkled. 2) suddenly lose force, effectiveness, or composure. ► NOUN ▪ a crushed fold, crease, or wrinkle. ORIGIN from obsolete crump «make or become curved» …   English terms dictionary

  • crumple — [krum′pəl] vt. crumpled, crumpling [ME crumplen, var. of crimplen, to wrinkle, freq. of crimpen, CRIMP1] 1. to crush together into creases or wrinkles 2. to cause to collapse vi. 1. to become crumpled 2 …   English World dictionary

  • crumple — UK [ˈkrʌmp(ə)l] / US verb Word forms crumple : present tense I/you/we/they crumple he/she/it crumples present participle crumpling past tense crumpled past participle crumpled 1) crumple or crumple up [intransitive/transitive] to crush something… …   English dictionary

  • crumple — verb Crumple is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑face Crumple is used with these nouns as the object: ↑paper …   Collocations dictionary

  • crumple — crum|ple [ˈkrʌmpəl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: crump to curl up (14 19 centuries), from crump, crumb bent (11 18 centuries), from Old English] 1.) [I and T] also crumple up to crush something so that it becomes smaller and bent, or to be crushed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crumple — crum|ple [ krʌmpl ] verb 1. ) crumple or crumple up intransitive or transitive to crush something such as paper or cloth so that it forms messy folds, or to be crushed in this way: I quickly crumpled up the letter and shoved it in my pocket. The… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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