crum·​my ˈkrə-mē How to pronounce crummy (audio)
variants or less commonly crumby
crummier also crumbier; crumbiest
obsolete : crumbly
: very poor or inferior : lousy
crummy weather
has a crummy job
crumminess noun

Examples of crummy in a Sentence

the dry cleaners did a crummy job of pressing my suit
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Word History


Middle English crumme

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crummy was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Crummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


crum·​my ˈkrəm-ē How to pronounce crummy (audio)
crummier; crummiest
: very poor : lousy
crummy weather
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