[ kruhm-buhl ]
See synonyms for: crumblecrumbledcrumbling on

verb (used with object),crum·bled, crum·bling.
  1. to break into small fragments or crumbs.

verb (used without object),crum·bled, crum·bling.
  1. to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.

  2. to decay or disintegrate gradually: The ancient walls had crumbled.

  1. a crumbly or crumbled substance.

  2. crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.

  1. British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.

Origin of crumble

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

Other words for crumble

Other words from crumble

  • crum·bling·ness, noun
  • half-crumbled, adjective
  • un·crum·bled, adjective

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How to use crumble in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crumble


/ (ˈkrʌmbəl) /

  1. to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments

  2. (intr) to fall apart or away: his resolution crumbled

  1. British a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruit: apple crumble

Origin of crumble

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with crumble


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

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