[kruhmp, kroo mp]

verb (used with object)

to crunch or make a crunching sound, as with the teeth.

verb (used without object)

(of an artillery shell) to land and explode with a heavy, muffled sound.
to make a crunching sound, as in walking over snow, or as snow when trodden on.


a crunching sound.
a large explosive shell or bomb.
Also called bump. Mining. a sudden ground movement in underground workings.

Nearby words

  1. crumby,
  2. crumhorn,
  3. crummie,
  4. crummock water,
  5. crummy,
  6. crumpet,
  7. crumple,
  8. crumple zones,
  9. crumpled,
  10. crunch

Origin of crump

First recorded in 1640–50; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crump



(intr) to thud or explode with a loud dull sound
(tr) to bombard with heavy shells


a crunching, thudding, or exploding noise

Word Origin for crump

C17: of imitative origin

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