Date: 1300-1400
Origin: crump 'to curl up' (14-19 centuries), from crump, crumb 'bent' (11-18 centuries), from Old English


1 [intransitive and transitive] also crumple up to crush something so that it becomes smaller and bent, or to be crushed in this way:
Dan tore the page out, crumpled it, and threw it in the wastepaper basket.
2 [intransitive] if your face crumples, you suddenly look sad or disappointed, as if you might cry
3 [intransitive] if your body crumples, you fall down in an uncontrolled way
crumple to
The blow hit him in the head and he crumpled to the ground.

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