- to break into small fragments or crumbs.
- to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.
- to decay or disintegrate gradually: The ancient walls had crumbled.
- a crumbly or crumbled substance.
- crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.
- British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.
Origin of crumble
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Examples from the Web for crumble
But, Ali warns all that can change quickly if Anbar continues to crumble, “right now, we are looking into the Abyss.”Iraqis Swear: Baghdad Airport is Safe From ISIS
October 13, 2014
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
August 20, 2014
Afghans will lose faith in it and the credibility of modern political institutions will crumble.Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Choose Their Next President
July 11, 2014
The Congressman barely batted an eye when the stage beneath him began to crumble under the weight of the supporters on it.Charlie Rangel Dances On
June 25, 2014
“The point that people forget is that the music industry started to crumble, and everything started to change,” she says.Kelis’s Comeback: The R&B Diva on New Album ‘Food,’ Legacy of ‘Milkshake,’ and the Nas Split
May 3, 2014
With every lurch of her feet, Andrew expected to feel her crumble beneath him.Way of the Lawless
It seemed too bright for a thing formed of dust, and doomed to crumble into dust again.Sylph Etherege
Not yet to be, and nevertheless to crumble away in this fashion under the sky!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
And if he did, are these walls that will crumble at a few cannon-shots?Love-at-Arms
Is it in this wise that a house noble for centuries is to crumble into ruin?The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
- to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments
- (intr) to fall apart or awayhis resolution crumbled
- British a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruitapple crumble
Word Origin and History for crumble
late 15c., kremelen, from Old English *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman "to break into crumbs," from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is 16c., probably on analogy of French-derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of crumb. Related: Crumbled; crumbling.