crumple vs tumble what difference

what is difference between crumple and tumble

English

Etymology

From Middle English crumplen, cromplen, frequentative of Middle English crumpen (to curl up, crump), from Old English crump (bent, crooked). Equivalent to crump +‎ -le.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹʌmpəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmpəl

Noun

crumple (plural crumples)

  1. A crease, wrinkle, or irregular fold.

Verb

crumple (third-person singular simple present crumples, present participle crumpling, simple past and past participle crumpled)

  1. (transitive) To rumple; to press into wrinkles by crushing together.
  2. (transitive) To cause to collapse.
  3. (intransitive) To become wrinkled.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To collapse.

Translations

Derived terms

  • crumple zone

Related terms

  • crumpet

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “crumple”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • clumper


English

Etymology

From Middle English tumblen (to fall over and over again, tumble), frequentative of Middle English tumben (to fall, leap, dance), from Old English tumbian, from Proto-Germanic *tūmōną (to turn, rotate). Cognate with Middle Dutch tumelen (whence Dutch tuimelen); Middle Low German tumelen, tummelen; and German taumeln.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tŭmʹbəl, IPA(key): /ˈtʌmbl̩/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl
  • Hyphenation: tum‧ble

Noun

tumble (plural tumbles)

  1. A fall, especially end over end.
    I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
  2. A disorderly heap.
    • 2008, David Joutras, A Ghost in the World (page 55)
      When at last we stopped in a tumble of bodies on the grass, laughing, and in Dad’s case, out of breath, we were like little kids (I mean 5 or 6! After all I am 12!) at the end of a playground session.
  3. (informal) An act of sexual intercourse.
    • 1940, John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
      Wouldn’t it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

tumble (third-person singular simple present tumbles, present participle tumbling, simple past and past participle tumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To fall end over end; to roll over and over.
    • He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, The Younger Set
      “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it’s very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. []
  2. (intransitive) To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  3. (intransitive) To drop rapidly.
  4. (transitive) To smoothe and polish, e.g., gemstones or pebbles, by means of a rotating tumbler.
  5. (intransitive, informal) To have sexual intercourse.
  6. (intransitive) To move or rush in a headlong or uncontrolled way.
  7. To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
  8. (cryptocurrencies) To obscure the audit trail of funds by means of a tumbler.
  9. (obsolete, Britain, slang) To comprehend; often in tumble to.
    • 1851, Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor
      Speaking of this language, a costermonger said to me: “The Irish can’t tumble to it anyhow; the Jews can tumble better, but we’re their masters. Some of the young salesmen at Billingsgate understand us, — but only at Billingsgate; []

Synonyms

  • (to have sexual intercourse): bump uglies, have sex, roll around; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  • (to make disorderly): mess up, touse

Derived terms

  • tumble on
  • tumble to

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