English

Definition of crumple verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crumple

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmpl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crumple
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmpl//
     
    he / she / it crumples
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmplz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmplz//
     
    past simple crumpled
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmpld//
     
    past participle crumpled
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmpld//
     
    -ing form crumpling
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmplɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmplɪŋ//
     
    Unhappiness, Disappointment
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] crumple (something) (up) (into something) to crush something into folds; to become crushed into folds She crumpled the letter up into a ball and threw it on the fire. This material crumples very easily.
  2. 2[intransitive] crumple (up) if your face crumples, you look sad and disappointed, as if you might cry Her face crumpled up and she burst into tears. See related entries: Unhappiness, Disappointment
  3. 3[intransitive] crumple (up) to fall down in an uncontrolled way because you are injured, unconscious, drunk, etc. synonym collapse He crumpled up in agony.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from obsolete crump ‘make ’or‘ become curved’, from Old English crump ‘bent, crooked’, of West Germanic origin; related to German krumm.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crumple

Other results

All matches