crumb

[kruhm]
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 crust ).
4.
crumbs, a cake topping made of sugar, flour, butter, and spice, usually crumbled on top of the raw batter and baked with the cake.
5.
Slang. a contemptibly objectionable or worthless person.
verb (used with object)
6.
Cookery. to dress or prepare with crumbs.
7.
to break into crumbs or small fragments.
8.
to remove crumbs from: The waiter crumbed the table.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English crome, crume, Old English cruma; akin to Dutch kruim, German Krume crumb, Latin grūmus heap of earth

crumbable, adjective
crumber, noun
decrumb, verb (used with object)


2. scrap, shred, morsel, sliver, speck.
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crumb (krʌm)
 
n
1.  a small fragment of bread, cake, or other baked foods
2.  a small piece or bit: crumbs of information
3.  the soft inner part of bread
4.  slang a contemptible person
 
vb
5.  (tr) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
6.  to break into small fragments
 
adj
7.  (esp of pie crusts) made with a mixture of biscuit crumbs, sugar, etc
 
[Old English cruma; related to Middle Dutch krome, Middle High German krūme, Latin grūmus heap of earth]
 
'crumber
 
n

crumbs (krʌmz)
 
interj
slang an expression of dismay or surprise
 
[C20: euphemistic for Christ!]

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crumb
O.E. cruma, from a W.Gmc. root of obscure origin. The -b- appeared c.1450, 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.
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Example sentences
The letter had apparently been kept in the tramp's pockets for a while and
  become stained with grease and tobacco crumbs.
No novel or play or long poem will offer its full rewards to someone who
  consumes it in small chunks and crumbs.
They supply a collection kit that comes with nine vials pre-loaded with cookie
  crumbs.
And that means we're a nation of dummies fighting over the crumbs from the
  table of plutocrats.
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