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[kruhm-blee] /ˈkrʌm bli/
adjective, crumblier, crumbliest.
apt to crumble; friable.
Origin of crumbly
1515-25; crumble + -y1
Related forms
crumbliness, noun
uncrumbly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crumbly
  • The ceramic superconductors are brittle and crumbly and therefore it's troublesome to make wires, bricks, etc out of them.
  • Any stone that is not overly soft and crumbly seems to have been used for a wall.
  • The ideal riverbank is crumbly enough for the birds to excavate a nesting burrow with their beaks.
  • The ethyl groups replace oxygen in the silicate ion chains, creating a solid but crumbly silicone polymer.
  • Imagine trying to climb down that craggy, crumbly wall in a spacesuit.
  • Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Raspberries with the virus develop small, crumbly fruit that is unsuitable for use as whole berries.
  • It is usually darker than lower layers, loose, and crumbly with varying amounts of organic matter.
  • Smoking the ceilings hardened the volcanic tuff and made it less crumbly.
  • And then rolling it up into a sort of tube before it becomes crumbly.
British Dictionary definitions for crumbly


adjective -blier, -bliest
easily crumbled or crumbling
noun -blies
(Brit, slang) an older person
Derived Forms
crumbliness, noun
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