a small particle of bread, cake, etc., that has broken off.
a small particle or portion of anything; fragment; bit.
the soft inner portion of a bread (distinguished from ).
crumbs, a cake topping made of sugar, flour, butter, and spice, usually crumbled on top of the raw batter and baked with the cake.
Slang. a contemptibly objectionable or worthless person.
verb (used with object)
Cookery. to dress or prepare with crumbs.
to break into crumbs or small fragments.
to remove crumbs from:
The waiter crumbed the table.
(slang) an expression of dismay or surprise
a small fragment of bread, cake, or other baked foods
a small piece or bit: crumbs of information
the soft inner part of bread
(slang) a contemptible person
(transitive) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
to break into small fragments
(esp of pie crusts) made with a mixture of biscuit crumbs, sugar, etc
Old English cruma “crumb, fragment,” from a West Germanic root of obscure origin (cf. Middle Dutch crume, Dutch kruim, German krume). The -b- appeared mid-15c., in part by analogy with words like dumb, in part from crumble. Slang meaning “lousy person” is 1918, from crumb, U.S. slang for “body-louse” (1863), so called from resemblance.
A very little, esp of money; a pittance; chump change, coffee and cakes, peanuts: Hell no. I won’t work for crumbs—I want bread (1856+, but current 1950s+)
[fr the resemblance of a louse to a crumb]
[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”]
- Crumb up
[kruhm-ee] /ˈkrʌm i/ adjective, crumbier, crumbiest. 1. full of . 2. . [kruhm-ee] /ˈkrʌm i/ adjective, crumbier, crumbiest. 1. 1 (def 1). /ˈkrʌmɪ/ adjective crumbier, crumbiest 1. full of or littered with crumbs 2. soft, like the inside of bread 3. a variant spelling of crummy1 adj. 1731, “full of crumbs,” from crumb + -y […]
[kruhm-hawrn] /ˈkrʌmˌhɔrn/ noun 1. a Renaissance musical reed instrument having a cylindrical tube curved at the end. /ˈkrʌmˌhɔːn/ noun 1. a medieval woodwind instrument of bass pitch, consisting of an almost cylindrical tube curving upwards and blown through a double reed covered by a pierced cap