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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for crumpets

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 crumpets

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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