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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 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 That brown flake that suddenly started moving on your counter is–yikes!—not a crumb, but a pesky ant that just alerted others to join its stead. Adrienne Jordan, House Beautiful, "How to Get Rid of Ants, Once and for All," 14 Apr. 2021 The cake set perfectly and showed off a golden brown crumb. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 The water from the melting ice cubes turns to steam and expands the crumb and helps give that crisp crust., "In his quest to bake the perfect baguette, he had to think about the box," 30 Mar. 2021 This one’s served with Irish (root) vegetable stew, baby potatoes, tarragon oil and an herb crumb ($30). Amy Drew Thompson,, "Easter feasters: Check out these meals and deals around Orlando," 26 Mar. 2021 Make sure to use crusty bread with a rustic, sturdy crumb; a soft, yielding loaf will lead to a soggy, dense pudding., "Make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch," 24 Mar. 2021 But after showing up even bigger at the SAG Awards (winning the Best Ensemble prize), the Oscars tossed it a crumb of a Best Production Design nomination and left Lane bereft and grasping for the nearest Pirin tablet. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021 That combination of high-hydration dough and a 72-hour cold fermentation — both hallmarks of the style — lead to that lighter crust and delicate crumb. Soleil Ho,, "One of the Bay Area’s most captivating pizzerias is a Roman spot where airy, bubbly crusts reign," 21 Jan. 2021 The bread, from Weiss Guys Bakery, has the size and crust of a French bread pistolette with a denser crumb. Ian Mcnulty,, "Inventive po-boy shop the Sammich returns, now part of NOLA Geauxst Kitchen in Metairie," 19 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Choose a 1-pound loaf of country, rustic, sweet French or even sourdough, one with a tighter (not too airy) crumb that can soak up liquid. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to have a smaller, brighter Thanksgiving meal at home," 18 Nov. 2020 Rather, the concept is summed up in one word: simplicity — just like a streusel crumb that elevates a muffin or danish to a next level while keeping the beauty intact. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Simplicity is the secret ingredient at Salt Lake City’s new Streusel bakery," 26 Aug. 2020 The bread crumb channel sent an indication that the ship had achieved its minimum distance from Bennu, 65 meters. Chris Wright, Wired, "The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home," 8 June 2020 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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30 Apr 2021

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“Crumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crumb

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


\ 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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