crum·​my | \ˈkrə-mē \
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

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Less dramatic than the difference between the first pair of images, this comparison represents a step change from crummy, noisy, and unusable to a perfectly decent shot. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google’s Night Sight for Pixel phones will amaze you," 25 Oct. 2018 Aside from many colleges having strict lateness policies, rushing around and running through campus can be difficult, especially during bad weather or crummy temperatures. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Tips for Scheduling College Courses," 31 Aug. 2018 Anybody who's ever struggled with using crummy pegboard or those lousy little wire hangers to organize their workshop can appreciate this robust snap-together tool organizer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, ""The Tool Hanger" Is the Garage Organizer You've Been Waiting For," 15 Apr. 2016 Middle school may be one of those universally crummy experiences, when life is cruel and kids are crueler. Justin Chang,, "Review: Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is a beautifully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood," 11 July 2018 Planetary Protection only looks at life; its policies don’t say anything about pollution, or garbage, or crummy Mars colony architecture. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties," 2 July 2018 The Berlioz was a knockout, however crummy the sound system. Mark Swed,, "In Mexico City, a famed orchestra is no match for the spirit of 160 student musicians led by Dudamel," 8 Mar. 2018 Her job as a visiting nurse takes her to some of the crummiest buildings in Greater Boston. Sean P. Murphy,, "Apartment management won’t return security deposit? That’s just one problem at this Revere complex," 11 June 2018 Does that crummy, yellow-tiled drop ceiling in a bar where Travolta pulls a trigger look familiar to you? Jeanne Houck,, "How many places Cincinnati locations can you identify in the 'Gotti' trailer?," 2 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of crummy

: not pleasant

: not of good quality

: not well or happy


crum·​my | \ˈkrə-mē \
crummier; crummiest

Kids Definition of crummy

: very poor The worker did a crummy job.

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