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

Regulars welcome the chance to grumble about the uncaring servers, the so-so club sandwiches and the crumbs on the floor at that Jim’s a few miles away. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Pondering what makes Jim’s Jim’s," 4 July 2019 Add the butter, toss to coat and press into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or your fingers until coarse crumbs form. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Blueberry pie bars," 25 June 2019 The crumbs sank to the bottom, and would be used to flavor the roux base for making the gravy. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or fork until coarse crumbs form. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard," 18 Mar. 2019 Add butter and, using your fingers, rub it into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ham and Cheese Scones," 7 Mar. 2019 Add remaining butter; pulse just until coarse crumbs form. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 For the Crust: Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl and then cut in the butter until the mixture forms very fine crumbs. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange Flower Fig Tart," 19 June 2019 Place oats in food processor and blend until fine crumbs. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Andy Newman's richly nutted Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe)," 4 Apr. 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, 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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The first known use of crumb was before the 12th century

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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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