crumb

[kruhm]

noun

verb (used with object)


Origin of crumb

before 1000; Middle English crome, crume, Old English cruma; akin to Dutch kruim, German Krume crumb, Latin grūmus heap of earth
Related formscrumb·a·ble, adjectivecrumb·er, nounde·crumb, verb (used with object)

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crumb

noun

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

verb

(tr) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
to break into small fragments

adjective

(esp of pie crusts) made with a mixture of biscuit crumbs, sugar, etc
Derived Formscrumber, noun

Word Origin for crumb

Old English cruma; related to Middle Dutch krome, Middle High German krūme, Latin grūmus heap of earth
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Word Origin and History for crumb
n.

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.

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