[ UK /ɹˈʌmpə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈɹəmpəɫ/ ]
  1. become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
    This fabric won't wrinkle
  2. to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    She puckered her lips
  3. disturb the smoothness of
    ruffle the surface of the water
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How To Use rumple In A Sentence

  • I went into the office to find the offender, and saw a worried woman crumpled in a chair in the corner, wearing a look of weariness and doubt.
  • The ambulance that followed was wrecked, panels ripped off and the front crumpled by the crowds. Times, Sunday Times
  • Five steps up the dirt path, my trachea crumpled, my vertebrae fused, and the small muscles in my back revolted and spasmed.
  • Civil defence, police and the military worked throughout the morning to search for survivors and recover bodies amid the crumpled and charred cars. Times, Sunday Times
  • The map gone!" and he seized the candle from Bud's hand, and, holding it so that its light illuminated the whole bunk, stared wildly down on the rumpled surface of the rude bedtick, which now, the blankets having been thrown off, showed its entire surface to the light of the candle. The Cave of Gold A Tale of California in '49
  • We were also greeted by a large man in rumpled chef's whites and a rakish black beret, a handkerchief knotted jauntily around his neck.
  • He looked rumpled, in an unironed plaid shirt and khakis that suddenly appeared too short, bits of his dark socks visible between hem and shoe. Ann Packer's 'Molten': Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature
  • Currently, a crumpled “riser” pipe is preventing the full flow of oil – like a kinked garden hose – though reports suggest it is gradually deteriorating. Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Ninety Days of Hell from Decades of Neglect
  • Mr Morgan crumpled to the ground with a fractured rib, collapsed lung and bruising.
  • The thought of seeing 40 faces simultaneously crumple with disbelief was too much for us to bear.
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