crum·​bly | \ ˈkrəm-b(ə-)lē How to pronounce crumbly (audio) \
crumblier; crumbliest

Definition of crumbly

: easily crumbled : friable crumbly soil

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crumbliness noun

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Examples of crumbly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alcocer has re-created the crumbly Mexican cheese with koji, almond milk crème fraîche and pecans. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough., 30 Apr. 2021 The last great reader of the family was Bear’s grandmother, and there were thousands of crumbly novels from the turn of the twentieth century. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Additionally, a higher proportion of goat milk makes for a more crumbly cheese. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 Increasing the tofu ratio diluted the meaty flavor and made for crumbly results, whereas getting the balance right produced a light, moist texture. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2020 Trying to compress the crumbly dough by hand is self-punishment. Popular Science, 11 Sep. 2020 Return pan to oven and bake until the chocolate has puffed up a bit and does not jiggle, and the crumbly top is light golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 An icebox cake with soft and crumbly cookie layers. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of crumbly

1523, in the meaning defined above

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“Crumbly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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crum·​bly | \ ˈkrəm-blē How to pronounce crumbly (audio) \
crumblier; crumbliest

Kids Definition of crumbly

: easily broken into small pieces

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