\ˈkrəm \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers Grit is also a hybrid of dirt, crumbs and grease, and Philadelphia is gritty in both senses of the word. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Antifa Appropriates a Creepy Mascot," 7 Oct. 2018 And with Big East exit money down to crumbs and gone completely in fiscal 2019, there’s less money coming in from other outside sources, too. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn Road Show One Piece In Complicated And Challenging Financial Puzzle," 7 June 2018 One of my favorite things is the kale salad [with salami, olives, pickled peppers, bread crumbs and ricotta salata]. Alice Short,, "Rebecca Merhej is 29, chef de cuisine at Love & Salt and a next-gen culinary star. Meet her now," 30 Apr. 2018 And those crumbs and small bits at the bottom of a bag of chips or crackers add a lively crunch when sprinkled over salads. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Don't waste it: How to revive food that is stale, burned, over-salted," 18 Apr. 2018 Eating lunch around the same table is considered to be not only social, but also hygienic (unlike my students’ desks covered in eraser crumbs and pencil smears). Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "An American teacher in Paris learns the importance of a fine French lunch," 22 Feb. 2018 Alternatively, put them in a bag and whack them with a rolling pin until finely crushed. Pour butter into crumbs and mix (hands are best for this) until butter is fully incorporated and the texture is that of wet sand. Leslie Robarge, Redbook, "Nutella. Pie. Chocolate Cookie Crust. Need We Say More?," 14 Mar. 2014 Make the burgers: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the turkey, 2 ounces cream cheese, bread crumbs, and remaining chili seasoning and marinara sauce in a large bowl. Country Living, "Turkey Chili Burgers with Spiced Ketchup," 4 Apr. 2011 In a medium bowl, combine wafer crumbs, cocoa, sugar and nuts. 2. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018

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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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