- 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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- crumbs; crumbled bits.
Origin of crumblings
Examples from the Web for crumbling
Along the river, crumbling remnants of an active trading hub are overtaken by nature.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Next, the GOP should hammer away at how our roads, bridges, and tunnels are crumbling, and push for an infrastructure initiative.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Particularly with Legolas and the scene where he climbs up a crumbling tower.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
In a bedroom at the top of crumbling stairs, a bed was made up with a comforter.Gary, Indiana Is a Serial Killer’s Playground
October 22, 2014
Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And in the immediate foreground were the tumbled, crumbling memorials of the dead.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Comfort was the apex of the pyramid which is now crumbling away.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
The masonry of the greater part of the wall was old and crumbling.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
The air was filled with smoke and dust from the crumbling plaster.Fighting in France
- 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 crumbling
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.