- 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[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[intransitive] crumple (up) to fall down in an uncontrolled way because you are injured, unconscious, drunk, etc. synonym collapse He crumpled up in agony. 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.
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