- a small particle of bread, cake, etc., that has broken off.
- a small particle or portion of anything; fragment; bit.
- the soft inner portion of a bread (distinguished from crust).
- crumbs, a cake topping made of sugar, flour, butter, and spice, usually crumbled on top of the raw batter and baked with the cake.
- Slang. a contemptibly objectionable or worthless person.
- Cookery. to dress or prepare with crumbs.
- to break into crumbs or small fragments.
- to remove crumbs from: The waiter crumbed the table.
Origin of crumb
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Examples from the Web for crumbs
Had it remained in these locations, Crumbs would likely still be alive today.
Crumbs tried to adjust by closing stores, cutting costs, and seeking to license its name.
Crumbs, sensing an opportunity, went public in early 2011, and set about expanding.
Mia and Jason Bauer founded the first Crumbs in New York in 2003, and did quite well.
Crumbs avoided advertising and contracted production out, thus keeping a lid on costs.
Spread on some of the clarified butter, and then another coat of crumbs.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
So, throwing it from him, he brushed the crumbs from his jerkin.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Your fat has not been hot enough, or your crumbs have not been fine and even.Culture and Cooking
"It isn't my fault if there are crumbs in the bed," she said curtly.
Use up all the tomatoes and crumbs in this way, letting the last layer be of crumbs.The Skilful Cook
- slang an expression of dismay or surprise
- a small fragment of bread, cake, or other baked foods
- a small piece or bitcrumbs of information
- the soft inner part of bread
- slang a contemptible person
- (tr) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
- to break into small fragments
- (esp of pie crusts) made with a mixture of biscuit crumbs, sugar, etc
Word Origin and History for crumbs
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.