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crumble

verb crum·ble \ ˈkrəm-bəl \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of crumble

crumbled; crumbling play \ˈkrəm-b(ə-)liŋ\
: to break into small pieces
1 : to fall into small pieces : disintegrate
2 : to break down completely : collapse
  • marriages crumble

Examples of crumble in a Sentence

  1. Crumble the cookies into small bits.

  2. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled.

  3. bones so old they had crumbled to dust

  4. She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.

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Origin and Etymology of crumble

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


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crumble

noun

Definition of crumble

1 : something crumbled : fine debris
2 : crisp 2

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First Known Use of crumble

1860

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CRUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

crumble

Definition of crumble for English Language Learners

  • : to break (something) into small pieces

  • : to separate into many small pieces : to fall apart

  • : to break down completely : to stop functioning


crumble

Definition of crumble for English Language Learners

  • crumbles : small pieces of something that has been crumbled


CRUMBLE Defined for Kids

crumble

verb crum·ble \ ˈkrəm-bəl \

Definition of crumble for Students

crumbled; crumbling
1 : to break into small pieces
  • crumble bread
2 : to fall to pieces : fall into ruin
  • Any moment these walls may crumble upon us …
  • —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee


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