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crumb

[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 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
1000
before 1000; Middle English crome, crume, Old English cruma; akin to Dutch kruim, German Krume crumb, Latin grūmus heap of earth
Related forms
crumbable, adjective
crumber, noun
decrumb, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
2. scrap, shred, morsel, sliver, speck.
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Examples for crumbs
  • 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.
  • Instead they are pushing ahead with innovative nuclear designs while throwing eco friendly crumbs to the eager green sparrows.
  • Cut in with a pastry blender or pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the complete tub of frosting directly to the cake crumbs and mix until a moist batter is created.
  • With your hands, break up the saltines into crumbs and mix into the crab mixture.
  • The glory of these connected crumbs is that they don't need to be artificially intelligent.
  • Nobody came around scraping crumbs off the tabletop while you were eating.
British Dictionary definitions for crumbs

crumbs

/krʌmz/
interjection
1.
(slang) an expression of dismay or surprise
Word Origin
C20: euphemistic for Christ!

crumb

/krʌm/
noun
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
verb
5.
(transitive) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
6.
to break into small fragments
adjective
7.
(esp of pie crusts) made with a mixture of biscuit crumbs, sugar, etc
Derived Forms
crumber, noun
Word Origin
Old English cruma; related to Middle Dutch krome, Middle High German krūme, Latin grūmus heap of earth
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Word Origin and History for crumbs

crumb

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crumbs

crumbs

noun

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+)


crumb

noun
  1. A louse or bedbug (1863+)
  2. A blanket roll or pack; bindle (1910+ Hoboes)
  3. A dirty, slovenly person; crud, dirtball (1918+)
  4. A loathsome, contemptible person; creep (1918+)

[fr the resemblance of a louse to a crumb]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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