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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


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


biographical name
\ˈkrəm \

Definition of Crumb (Entry 3 of 3)

George Henry 1929–     American composer

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Examples of crumb in a Sentence


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

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Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant in Yountville serves a delectable Peruvian chocolate pudding with dark chocolate brownie crumbs. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 Shape the mixture into 4 crab cakes and coat well with panko bread crumbs. Noelle Carter,, "Culinary SOS: Crab cakes from the Watercolour Grillhouse in Florida," 10 Apr. 2018 Mann’s rendition of a stuffy is creamier than its typical New England counterpart, the quahog meat blended with mozzarella, herbs and housemade focaccia crumbs, then gratinéed in the shell. Craig Laban,, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 Texture comes from fried bread crumbs or nuts, the most natural for me being mild almonds, which leave the right amount of space for the taste of asparagus. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "These stalks are the talk of Great Britain | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 To make Cinnamon-Sugar Dough: In food processor, combine flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pecan-Apricot Rugelach," 30 Oct. 2017 Pan-frying fish crusted in panko bread crumbs seems too frou-frou when mimicking a blue-collar delight. Eric Velasco,, "How to make fish and chips for St. Patrick's Day," 16 Apr. 2017 Add butter; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Lauren Delgado,, "Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day with a modern take on this classic," 12 July 2018

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,, "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,, "Multiple food products recalled in Maryland," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of crumb


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumb


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

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English Language Learners Definition of crumb

: a very small piece of food

: a very small amount of something


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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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