Other forms: crumpled; crumpling; crumples

Crumple is a verb that means to become wrinkled or creased. Your face might crumple over time as you age, or you might crumple a piece of paper before tossing it in the trash.

Crumple comes from the Old English word crump meaning "bent, crooked," and it can describe something that has buckled or collapsed. If you're jumping up and down on a cardboard box, it'll eventually crumple under your weight and fold in on itself. Make sure you don't confuse crumple with the similar looking crumble, which means to break apart into small fragments. If you crumple something, it stays in one piece — it's just wrinkled or folded.

Definitions of crumple
  1. verb
    gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    synonyms: cockle, knit, pucker, rumple
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    type of:
    crease, crinkle, crisp, ruckle, scrunch, scrunch up, wrinkle
    make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
  2. verb
    become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
    synonyms: crease, crinkle, rumple, wrinkle
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    type of:
    fold, fold up
    become folded or folded up
  3. verb
    fold or collapse
    synonyms: buckle
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    type of:
    break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way
    break down, literally or metaphorically
  4. verb
    fall apart
    synonyms: break down, collapse, crumble, tumble
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    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
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