crum·​bly ˈkrəm-b(ə-)lē How to pronounce crumbly (audio)
crumblier; crumbliest
: easily crumbled : friable
crumbly soil
crumbliness noun

Examples of crumbly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result is a crumbly corn cake that’s so crisp on the bottom and tender on top; the combination is simply heaven. Julia Turshen, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 This process contributes to the cheese's distinct flavor, featuring nutty and savory notes, along with a crumbly texture. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 25 Jan. 2024 Get The Recipe 26 of 40 Pecan Sandies This recipe packs as many pecans as possible into a crumbly cookie. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 10 Nov. 2023 Work in the butter and shortening with your fingertips until the mixture is crumbly. Sheri Castle, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Swap in new dressings or crumbly cheeses to save your side from getting stale. Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 That is because the main ingredient in most meatball recipes is beef, or a combination of beef, pork, veal or sometimes lamb, which all contain more fat than chicken; that fat holds the ball together and, of course, also adds flavor as well as a less crumbly texture. Claudia Alexander, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 For the person who finds joy in eating crumbly crackers on the couch Introduce them to the vacs that came out on top in our testing: This Black & Decker is our hand-vac champ and this Dyson is our best cordless vacuum. Leslie Yazel,, 14 Dec. 2023 Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crumbly was in 1523

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“Crumbly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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crum·​bly -b(ə-)lē How to pronounce crumbly (audio)
crumblier; crumbliest
: easily crumbled

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