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crumpet

[kruhm-pit] /ˈkrʌm pɪt/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a round soft unsweetened bread resembling a muffin, cooked on a griddle or the like, and often toasted.
2.
British Slang. a sexually attractive woman.
Origin of crumpet
1350-1400
1350-1400; short for crumpetcake curled cake, equivalent to Middle English crompid (past participle of crumpen, variant of crampen to bend, curl (see cramp1) + cake
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  • Drop that crumpet: The weirdest new narrative in American politics seeks to recast President Obama as a British monarch.

Historical Examples
  • Kellogg and crumpet were men in middle life, strong limbed, sinewy and vigilant.

    Camp-fire and Wigwam Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • Breaking his crumpet is for him as bad as breaking one of his limbs.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • crumpet was able to catch the meaning of that remark, and it goaded him almost to the striking point.

    Camp-fire and Wigwam Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • He's made Polly sit up, and Gray's been nearly off his crumpet.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • Mrs. crumpet agreed to wait, while Miss Bixby went for the books.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • What's the meaning of bric-à-brac, that mamma was talking about to Colonel crumpet?

  • “And a crumpet,” added Mrs Larrabel, who sympathised with the spirit of hospitality.

  • Nina stood up, waving a crumpet which she had just rescued from Winthrop.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • Suddenly there was a cry: "Help, please—oh—help to get crumpet."

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for crumpet

crumpet

/ˈkrʌmpɪt/
noun (mainly Brit)
1.
a light soft yeast cake full of small holes on the top side, eaten toasted and buttered
2.
(in Scotland) a large flat sweetened cake made of batter
3.
(slang) women collectively
4.
(slang) a piece of crumpet, a sexually desirable woman
5.
(Austral, slang) not worth a crumpet, utterly worthless
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for crumpet
n.

1690s, perhaps from crompid cake "wafer," literally "curled-up cake" (1382; Wyclif's rendering of Hebrew raqiq in Ex. 29:23), from crompid, past participle of crumpen "curl up." Alternative etymology is from Celtic (cf. Breton krampoez "thin, flat cake"). Slang meaning "woman regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1936.

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