crumble

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verb

crum·​ble ˈkrəm-bəl How to pronounce crumble (audio)
crumbled; crumbling ˈkrəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce crumble (audio)

transitive verb

: to break into small pieces

intransitive verb

1
: to fall into small pieces : disintegrate
2
: to break down completely : collapse
marriages crumble

crumble

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noun

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: something crumbled : fine debris
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Examples of crumble in a Sentence

Verb Crumble the cookies into small bits. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled. bones so old they had crumbled to dust She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
As fireworks were falling on the Fourth of July in 2023, the Summer House star was beside her then-fiancé Carl Radke, the two putting aside the stress of planning their November nuptials and the conflict in their crumbling relationship to celebrate the holiday. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 July 2024 Under a picturesque city in Slovakia ran a centuries-old network of crumbling tunnels. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 4 July 2024
Noun
Both are made with fresh and freeze-dried fruit — lemon and blueberry paletas with raspberry and graham crumbs; and coconut and strawberry paletas with a blueberry crumble. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 July 2024 What would be the benefit and the likelihood for the Big Ten to add Stanford and Cal, should the ACC crumble? Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for crumble 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma

First Known Use

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crumble was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Crumble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crumble. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

crumble

verb
crum·​ble
ˈkrəm-bəl
crumbled; crumbling
-b(ə-)liŋ
1
: to break into small pieces
crumble bread
2
: to fall into ruin
relationships crumble

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