noun Chiefly British.

a round soft unsweetened bread resembling a muffin, cooked on a griddle or the like, and often toasted.
British Slang. a sexually attractive woman.

Origin of crumpet

1350–1400; short for crumpetcake curled cake, equivalent to Middle English crompid (past participle of crumpen, variant of crampen to bend, curl (see cramp1) + cake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crumpet

Contemporary Examples of crumpet

  • Drop that crumpet: The weirdest new narrative in American politics seeks to recast President Obama as a British monarch.

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    The GOP vs. 'King Obama'

    John Avlon

    May 1, 2010

Historical Examples of crumpet

  • Breaking his crumpet is for him as bad as breaking one of his limbs.

  • Crumpet did the same, though with less cordiality in his manner.

    Camp-fire and Wigwam

    Edward Sylvester Ellis

  • Her hesitation caused him to neglect his crumpet, to look up at her.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Mrs. Crumpet agreed to wait, while Miss Bixby went for the books.

    The Librarian at Play

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • At the issue desk was Mrs. Crumpet, having her books charged.

    The Librarian at Play

    Edmund Lester Pearson

British Dictionary definitions for crumpet


noun mainly British

a light soft yeast cake full of small holes on the top side, eaten toasted and buttered
(in Scotland) a large flat sweetened cake made of batter
slang women collectively
a piece of crumpet slang a sexually desirable woman
not worth a crumpet Australian slang utterly worthless

Word Origin for crumpet

C17: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for crumpet

1690s, perhaps from crompid cake "wafer," literally "curled-up cake" (1382; Wyclif's rendering of Hebrew raqiq in Ex. 29:23), from crompid, past participle of crumpen "curl up." Alternative etymology is from Celtic (cf. Breton krampoez "thin, flat cake"). Slang meaning "woman regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper