verb (used with object)

Nearby words

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

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crumbs

British Dictionary definitions for crumbs



slang an expression of dismay or surprise

Word Origin for crumbs

C20: euphemistic for Christ!



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
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 crumbs



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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