verb crum·ble \ˈkrəm-bəl\

: to break (something) into small pieces

: to separate into many small pieces : to fall apart

: to break down completely : to stop functioning

crum·bledcrum·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of CRUMBLE

transitive verb
:  to break into small pieces
intransitive verb
:  to fall into small pieces :  disintegrate
:  to break down completely :  collapse <marriages crumble>

Examples of CRUMBLE

  1. Crumble the cookies into small bits.
  2. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled.
  3. bones so old they had crumbled to dust
  4. She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.

Origin of CRUMBLE

alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma
First Known Use: 1547



crumbles : small pieces of something that has been crumbled

Full Definition of CRUMBLE

:  something crumbled :  fine debris
:  crisp 2

First Known Use of CRUMBLE


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