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[kruhm-ee] /ˈkrʌm i/
adjective, crummier, crummiest.
Also, crumby. Slang.
  1. dirty and run-down; shabby; seedy:
    a crummy fleabag of a hotel.
  2. of little or no value; cheap; worthless:
    crummy furniture that falls apart after a month of use.
  3. wretchedly inadequate; miserable; lousy:
    They pay crummy salaries.
noun, plural crummies.
Railroads Slang. a caboose.
Origin of crummy1
1855-60; perhaps obsolete crum crooked (see crummie) + -y1; sense “caboose” of unclear derivation and perhaps a distinct word
Related forms
crummily, adverb
crumminess, noun


[kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee] /ˈkrʌm i, ˈkrʊm i/
noun, plural crummies. Chiefly Scot.


or crummy

[kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee] /ˈkrʌm i, ˈkrʊm i/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
a cow with crooked horns.
1715-25; obsolete crum crooked (Old English crumb; cognate with German krumm) + -ie Unabridged
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  • "I get it, all right, you crummy little chiseler," growled Astro.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • Gimme another glass of milk and another of these crummy sandwiches.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • And crummy—thats my outside man—kin handle the front and make the spiel, and take in what money comes in.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • You know you could do all right acting, but you don't dare giving up this crummy job.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • You mean sitting in the sun on a crummy lakeside, watching the birds and bees?

British Dictionary definitions for crummy


adjective (slang) -mier, -miest
of little value; inferior; contemptible
unwell or depressed: to feel crummy
Word Origin
C19: variant spelling of crumby


noun (pl) -mies
(Canadian) a lorry that carries loggers to work from their camp
Word Origin
probably originally meaning: makeshift camp, from crummy1
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Word Origin and History for crummy

1560s, "easily crumbled;" 1570s, "like bread," from crumb + -y (2). The second sense probably accounts for 18c. (and later in dialects) use, of a woman, "attractively plump, full-figured, buxom." Slang meaning "shoddy, filthy, inferior, poorly made" in use by 1859, probably is from the first sense, but influenced by crumb in its slang sense of "louse."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for crummy



  1. Infested with body lice; lousy (1850s+)
  2. Loathsome; disgusting; lousy: I'd be dead of the dirty monotony around this crummy neighborhood (1850s+)
  3. Of inferior quality; shoddy; cheap: This crumby razor doesn't work/ Where'd you get that crummy camera? (1850s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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