crumble

[ kruhm-buhl ]
/ ˈkrʌm bəl /

verb (used with object), crum·bled, crum·bling.

to break into small fragments or crumbs.

verb (used without object), crum·bled, crum·bling.

to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.
to decay or disintegrate gradually: The ancient walls had crumbled.

noun

a crumbly or crumbled substance.
crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.
British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.

Nearby words

  1. cruiseway,
  2. cruising radius,
  3. cruizie,
  4. cruller,
  5. crumb,
  6. crumblings,
  7. crumbly,
  8. crumbs,
  9. crumbum,
  10. crumby

Origin of crumble

1375–1425; earlier crymble, crimble; late Middle English kremelen, akin to crome crumb; see -le

Related formscrum·bling·ness, nounhalf-crum·bled, adjectiveun·crum·bled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for crumble

crumble

/ (ˈkrʌmbəl) /

verb

to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments
(intr) to fall apart or awayhis resolution crumbled

noun

British a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruitapple crumble

Word Origin for crumble

C16: variant of crimble, of Germanic origin; compare Low German krömeln, Dutch kruimelen

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Word Origin and History for crumble

crumble

v.

late 15c., kremelen, from Old English *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman "to break into crumbs," from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is 16c., probably on analogy of French-derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of crumb. Related: Crumbled; crumbling.

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Idioms and Phrases with crumble

crumble

see that's how the ball bounces (cookie crumbles).

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