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.
Cooking. to dress or prepare with crumbs.
to break into crumbs or small fragments.
to remove crumbs from: The waiter crumbed the table.
- crumb·a·ble, adjective
- crumber, noun
- de·crumb, verb (used with object)
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How to use crumb in a sentence
He accomplished it while working under an amateur contract — crumbs compared with what full professionals earn in Germany.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga | Steven Goff | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The extra-height lift lever makes it safe to remove bread from the hot appliance, and a slide-out crumb tray helps keep things clean.Best toaster: Get perfectly golden slices every time | PopSci Commerce Team | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
It offers six auto-cook modes, a digital timer, and manual controls, and it comes with a removable pan and crumb tray for extra flexibility.Best toaster oven: Save counter space and time with our toaster oven picks | Julian Cubilllos | February 5, 2021 | Popular-Science
Add the crumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.Homemade condiments, dressings and toppings are a pathway to fast, flavorful cooking | Todd Kliman | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Add the melted butter and vanilla and process until the crumbs are uniformly damp, about 30 seconds more.Yes, you can use your Instant Pot to make the creamiest of cheesecakes and other desserts | Jessie Sheehan | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
I pictured demonlike New York pigeons eating garbage and creating mayhem around a single crumb of bread.
In a formal mood, we may even use a fork to eat a slice of cake, crumb by crumb.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’ | Bee Wilson | October 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pour the mixture onto the crumb base and place the tin on a cookie sheet.
“That day we will have robbed the last piggy bank, drawn the last crumb out from somewhere under the bed,” Simpson told the crowd.
The rats ate up every crumb, regardless of the significance.
I had not a crumb of food saved up, as did those who were posted; but as I was ill at the time, my appetite was feeble.
The move, although skilfully planned, was baffled by the quick wit of Robin the crumb-cracker, the blacksmith's apprentice.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Know that he is a man who has thus far gone share and share to the last crumb with his people, and will.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
When the room had been cleared of the greedy geese, every one went on eating, until not even a crumb was left on the table.Our Little Irish Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
He fitted them together carefully, gaining a crumb of security from the act.Warning from the Stars | Ron Cocking
British Dictionary definitions for crumb
a small fragment of bread, cake, or other baked foods
a small piece or bit: crumbs 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
- crumber, noun
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