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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
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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 Indulge in a seasonal treat, like the strawberry rhubarb crumb pie, or try out the best-selling Jack Daniel’s pecan pie. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 19 May 2020 With a long-haired dog and two toddlers, the battle against crumbs and fur balls is constant. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I Can’t Stop Talking About My Bissell Cordless Vacuum," 14 May 2020 Belly rubs and tugs of war and errant crumbs of food on the floor are plentiful. Ann Killion,, "On Mother’s Day, the pleasures of an empty nest filled again," 6 May 2020 Kyoshi stepped off her platform, dust and crumbs of masonry cascading off her arms, and looked around. Christian Holub,, "Read an exciting excerpt from new Avatar: The Last Airbender YA novel The Shadow of Kyoshi," 5 May 2020 And, significantly, today’s Republican Party, which has delivered a $2 trillion bailout to America’s plutocrats and crumbs to working people, enjoys widespread support from the white working class. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "When Blackness Is a Preexisting Condition," 4 May 2020 If there are any pesky crumbs stuck in-between buttons, use a toothpick to gently dislodge them. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Places in Your Home That Are Dirtier Than You Think," 1 May 2020 Good-natured, intelligent and untidy, Nye’s mother never paid much attention to stacks of catalogues, junk mail and crumbs, said Nye. Washington Post, "Trash has long been treasure for poet Naomi Shihab Nye," 15 Apr. 2020 Bread flour makes for a better volume and a chewier crumb with your bakes. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "10 Different Flour Types to Use in Your Baking," 4 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of crumb was before the 12th century

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crumb

: a very small piece of food
informal : 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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