[kruhm-buh l] /ˈkrʌm bəl/
verb (used with object), crumbled, crumbling.
to break into small fragments or crumbs.
verb (used without object), crumbled, crumbling.
to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.
to decay or disintegrate gradually:
The ancient walls had crumbled.
a or crumbled substance.
crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.
British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.
[kruhm-blingz] /ˈkrʌm blɪŋz/
to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments
(intransitive) to fall apart or away: his resolution crumbled
(Brit) a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruit: apple crumble
late 15c., kremelen, from Old English *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman “to break into crumbs,” from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is 16c., probably on analogy of French-derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of crumb. Related: Crumbled; crumbling.
see: that’s how the ball bounces (cookie crumbles)
[kruhm-blingz] /ˈkrʌm blɪŋz/ plural noun 1. crumbs; bits.
[kruhm-blee] /ˈkrʌm bli/ adjective, crumblier, crumbliest. 1. apt to ; friable. /ˈkrʌmblɪ/ adjective -blier, -bliest 1. easily crumbled or crumbling noun -blies 2. (Brit, slang) an older person
[kruhm] /krʌm/ noun 1. a small particle of bread, cake, etc., that has broken off. 2. a small particle or portion of anything; fragment; bit. 3. the soft inner portion of a bread (distinguished from ). 4. crumbs, a cake topping made of sugar, flour, butter, and spice, usually crumbled on top of the raw […]
[kruhm-buhm] /ˈkrʌmˌbʌm/ noun, Slang. 1. (def 5). noun A contemptible person; bum, crumb: Unlike the other critic crumb-buns, he has a soul [based on earlier crumb-bum, ”lice-ridden bum”]