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[kruhm-pit] /ˈkrʌm pɪt/
noun, Chiefly British.
a round soft unsweetened bread resembling a muffin, cooked on a griddle or the like, and often toasted.
British Slang. a sexually attractive woman.
Origin of crumpet
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for crumpet
Contemporary Examples
  • Drop that crumpet: The weirdest new narrative in American politics seeks to recast President Obama as a British monarch.

Historical Examples
  • Breaking his crumpet is for him as bad as breaking one of his limbs.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • crumpet did the same, though with less cordiality in his manner.

    Camp-fire and Wigwam Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • Her hesitation caused him to neglect his crumpet, to look up at her.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Mrs. crumpet agreed to wait, while Miss Bixby went for the books.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • At the issue desk was Mrs. crumpet, having her books charged.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Suddenly there was a cry: "Help, please—oh—help to get crumpet."

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • He's made Polly sit up, and Gray's been nearly off his crumpet.

    Love and the Ironmonger

    F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • What's the meaning of bric-à-brac, that mamma was talking about to Colonel crumpet?

  • Nina stood up, waving a crumpet which she had just rescued from Winthrop.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for crumpet


noun (mainly Brit)
a light soft yeast cake full of small holes on the top side, eaten toasted and buttered
(in Scotland) a large flat sweetened cake made of batter
(slang) women collectively
(slang) a piece of crumpet, a sexually desirable woman
(Austral, slang) not worth a crumpet, utterly worthless
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crumpet

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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