[ kruhmp, kroomp ]
/ krʌmp, krʊmp /

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.

Origin of crump

First recorded in 1640–50; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for crump

/ (krʌmp) /


(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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