[ kruhm-ee ]
/ ˈkrʌm i /

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


crum·mi·ly, adverbcrum·mi·ness, noun

Definition for crummy (2 of 3)

[ kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee ]
/ ˈkrʌm i, ˈkrʊm i /

noun, plural crum·mies. Chiefly Scot.

Definition for crummy (3 of 3)


or crum·my

[ kruhm-ee, kroo m-ee ]
/ ˈkrʌm i, ˈkrʊm i /

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for crummy (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkrʌmɪ) /

adjective -mier or -miest slang

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

Word Origin for crummy

C19: variant spelling of crumby

British Dictionary definitions for crummy (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkrʌmɪ) /

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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