[ kruhm ]
/ krʌm /


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 forms

crumb·a·ble, adjectivecrumb·er, nounde·crumb, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crumbs (1 of 2)


/ (krʌmz) /


slang an expression of dismay or surprise

Word Origin for crumbs

C20: euphemistic for Christ!

British Dictionary definitions for crumbs (2 of 2)


/ (krʌm) /



(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

Derived Forms

crumber, 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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