crumb

noun
\ ˈkrəm How to pronounce crumb (audio) \

Definition of crumb

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a small fragment especially of something baked (such as bread)
b : a porous aggregate of soil particles
2 : bit a crumb of good news
3 : the soft part of bread
4 slang : a worthless person

crumb

verb
crumbed; crumbing; crumbs

Definition of crumb (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to break into crumbs
2 : to cover or thicken with crumbs
3 : to remove crumbs from crumb a table

Crumb

biographical name
\ ˈkrəm How to pronounce Crumb (audio) \

Definition of Crumb (Entry 3 of 3)

George Henry 1929–     American composer

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Examples of crumb in a Sentence

Noun

He swept the crumbs from under the table. a neglected dog who is desperate for any crumb of affection he might get from strangers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

James had spent the entire season delicately ducking questions and dropping bread crumbs, careful not to tip his hand while still ensuring that his upcoming free-agency decision never left the headlines. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "LeBron Cashes Out With Lakers, Eyes Mayweather's Riches and Whole New Level of Fame," 2 July 2018 Here, the plump puffs of ravioli are filled with a delectable mélange of beef, ricotta and pecorino Romano, then are coated in bread crumbs, fried and served steaming hot with a tangy marinara. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Look, when Nancy Pelosi first started talking about crumbs, the Democrats were up by about eight or nine points on the generic ballot. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway on Singapore summit, Trump's first 500 days," 10 June 2018 Because even with a Roomba—whose round edges don't hit the flat boards quite right—some crumbs just don't want to come out of hiding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Sweepovac's Built-In Vacuum Makes Cleaning Crumbs From Under Your Kitchen Cabinets So Much Easier," 17 Jan. 2019 Add cookies to food processor and pulse to form fine crumbs. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 15 Jan. 2019 Top leftover pasta with bread crumbs and a drizzle of oil. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cook Anything with a Torch," 8 Feb. 2019 Top it generously with the crumbs and radish slices. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Avocado with Toasty Crumbs," 14 Jan. 2019 Turn the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring the crumbs, until toasty and crisp all the way through, about 10 minutes. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Avocado with Toasty Crumbs," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Jets’ defensive line ended up crumbing around Williams—Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are both playing elsewhere—but the former USC product has been a valuable inside force. Conor Orr, SI.com, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2015 Draft, Three Years Later," 29 May 2018 In a later email, Kohler said that the power had been restored at 8:30 p.m. Neither Smith nor Hunter could say whether the storm had caused erosion on Quinhagak's already crumbing shoreline. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "High winds knock out power, damage buildings in Kuskokwim Bay," 26 Dec. 2017 President Donald Trump gave condolences to everyone involved in the accident, but not before placing blame on U.S.'s crumbing infrastructure, a problem that stretches across all of America. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train Derails in Washington, Leaving at Least Six Dead," 18 Dec. 2017 The company, Water Lilies Food Inc. of Astoria, N.Y., was notified by an ingredient supplier that bread crumbs the company used potentially contained milk, the USDA said. Carrie Wells, baltimoresun.com, "Multiple food products recalled in Maryland," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of crumb

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumb

Noun

Middle English crumme, from Old English cruma; akin to Middle High German krume crumb

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crumb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crumb

: a very small piece of food
informal : a very small amount of something

crumb

noun
\ ˈkrəm How to pronounce crumb (audio) \

Kids Definition of crumb

1 : a very small piece of food bread crumbs
2 : a little bit She only overheard crumbs of their conversation.

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