adjective, crum·mi·er, crum·mi·est.

Also crumby. Slang.
  1. dirty and run-down; shabby; seedy: a crummy fleabag of a hotel.
  2. of little or no value; cheap; worthless: crummy furniture that falls apart after a month of use.
  3. wretchedly inadequate; miserable; lousy: They pay crummy salaries.

noun, plural crum·mies.

Railroads Slang. a caboose.

Origin of crummy

1855–60; perhaps obsolete crum crooked (see crummie) + -y1; sense “caboose” of unclear derivation and perhaps a distinct word
Related formscrum·mi·ly, adverbcrum·mi·ness, noun


[kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee]

noun, plural crum·mies. Chiefly Scot.


or crum·my

[kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee]

noun Chiefly Scot.

a cow with crooked horns.

Origin of crummie

1715–25; obsolete crum crooked (Old English crumb; cognate with German krumm) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crummy

Contemporary Examples of crummy

Historical Examples of crummy

  • "I get it, all right, you crummy little chiseler," growled Astro.

    Sabotage in Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • Gimme another glass of milk and another of these crummy sandwiches.

    Sabotage in Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • And Crummy—thats my outside man—kin handle the front and make the spiel, and take in what money comes in.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • You know you could do all right acting, but you don't dare giving up this crummy job.

    The Old Die Rich

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • You mean sitting in the sun on a crummy lakeside, watching the birds and bees?

British Dictionary definitions for crummy



adjective -mier or -miest slang

of little value; inferior; contemptible
unwell or depressedto feel crummy

Word Origin for crummy

C19: variant spelling of crumby



noun plural -mies

Canadian a lorry that carries loggers to work from their camp

Word Origin for crummy

probably originally meaning: makeshift camp, from crummy 1
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Word Origin and History for crummy

1560s, "easily crumbled;" 1570s, "like bread," from crumb + -y (2). The second sense probably accounts for 18c. (and later in dialects) use, of a woman, "attractively plump, full-figured, buxom." Slang meaning "shoddy, filthy, inferior, poorly made" in use by 1859, probably is from the first sense, but influenced by crumb in its slang sense of "louse."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper