crum·​my | \ ˈkrə-mē How to pronounce crummy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly crumby
crummier also crumbier; crumbiest

Definition of crummy

1 obsolete : crumbly
2 : very poor or inferior : lousy crummy weather has a crummy job

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Other Words from crummy

crumminess noun

Examples of crummy in a Sentence

the dry cleaners did a crummy job of pressing my suit
Recent Examples on the Web The room was crummy, with cracks and spiders, and the pair could have hardly been less equipped for their endeavor. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Meet COLORS, a Rising Powerhouse for Music Discovery," 27 Nov. 2019 There's nothing wrong with running the ball, especially when the weather is crummy. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "49ers shut out Redskins in downpour to remain undefeated," 20 Oct. 2019 The actor Klaus picked, another strapping, angel-faced young man fresh out of some crummy drama school, was dumb as a post. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 But even given all of those factors, to have a crummy showing on the heels of a productive film session was at the very least surprising. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ latest challenge involves keeping morale from sinking and not losing sight of big picture," 23 Nov. 2019 Initially, Charlie goes for the cheaper option, employing Bert Spitz (Alan Alda), who operates out of a crummy joint with a microwave and a cat, and who seems, at least, to register the vandalizing of human dignity on which his trade relies. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "End Times in “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Marriage Story”," 1 Nov. 2019 After a crummy offensive showing versus Orlando, one that sabotaged an impressive defensive effort, the Cavs snapped the ball around and scored 110 points against one of the league’s top defensive teams in 2018-19. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "John Beilein gets unexpected shower and game ball presentation after first NBA win: ‘This one’s special’," 27 Oct. 2019 The Chargers have lost their past three games to drop their win-loss record to 2-5, and that’s pretty crummy for a franchise that last year went 12-4 and won a playoff game on the road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: If this is Rivers’ last season, what a frustrating one," 20 Oct. 2019 Watt is one of those patron-saint figures of nondoctrinal American punk, scrappy DIY rock’n’roll, and the legions of indie-rockers playing in half-empty clubs and logging hours on the highway in crummy vans. John Adamian,, "Space Ballroom hosting Mike Watt & the Missingmen," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of crummy

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crummy

Middle English crumme

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The first known use of crummy was in 1567

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crummy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce crummy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crummy

: not pleasant
: not of good quality
chiefly US : not well or happy


crum·​my | \ ˈkrə-mē How to pronounce crummy (audio) \
crummier; crummiest

Kids Definition of crummy

: very poor The worker did a crummy job.

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