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 This pattern of microbial protection is hard to discern with crummy human eyes. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "A Bird’s Stinky Egg Is Actually a Humble Brag," 4 May 2021 Burnout is not the only way your job can be crummy. Jonathan Malesic, The New Republic, "The Exaggeration of “Burnout” in America," 25 Mar. 2021 If Harbaugh placed it at the 1-yard-line, or 99 yards away from the end zone, Belichick would likely pick defense because the field position is so crummy being on offense is disadvantageous. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Coach, the Nobel Prize Winner and One Crazy Idea to Fix Overtime," 11 Mar. 2021 Jokes about crummy airline food may suddenly seem funny again. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "How political comedy will adjust to a Biden administration," 2 Feb. 2021 The New England Patriots were regularly quite crummy. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Buffalo Bills Have Won the AFC East. This Isn’t a Misprint.," 20 Dec. 2020 This has happened even though the economy still looks crummy and even though our country is racked by dangerous divisiveness, making our differences during the Vietnam War look like a walk in the park. Washington Post, "The craziest, creepiest year for financial markets I’ve seen in half a century," 23 Dec. 2020 On Saturday afternoon, the Santa globe survived a parade through east Portland in crummy weather. oregonlive, "Black Santa is back, and he’s in a giant snow globe (photos)," 20 Dec. 2020 Do all the crummy jobs: Get in the corners; clean the grease off the tops of the cupboards; pull out the stove and the refrigerator. Jennifer Day Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "5 low-cost ways to improve your kitchen," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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7 May 2021

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“Crummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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