- 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 crumb
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’
October 13, 2012
Pour the mixture onto the crumb base and place the tin on a cookie sheet.Foods That We Love But Shouldn’t
July 15, 2011
The rats ate up every crumb, regardless of the significance.LeBron James, the Most Hated Athlete in America
June 14, 2011
I got all worried up about him, barely peckin' at a crumb or two.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is as though I had asked for a crumb of bread, and he gave me the entire loaf.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Why, a man didn't know where to turn himself for a crumb of comfort.Little Dorrit
Try if the fat is hot by dropping a crumb into it; if it browns at once, put in the fish.Culture and Cooking
Slice to these the crumb of four small rolls, and then strain to it three quarts of good veal gravy, boiled with a blade of mace.
- 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 crumb
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.