- The definition of a crumb is a tiny bit of something.
An example of a crumb is a morsel of cake.
- Crumb is defined as covering with tiny particles of food.
An example of crumb is to add a mixture of crushed cookies to the top of an apple pie.
- a very small piece broken off something; small particle or bit, esp. of bread, cake, etc.
- any bit or scrap: crumbs of knowledge
- the soft part of bread within the crust
- Slang a worthless, disgusting, or despicable personalso crum′bum·
Origin of crumbMiddle English crome from Old English cruma, literally , scraping from bread crust, akin to German krume from Indo-European an unverified form gr-eu, to scratch, scrape (from source German krauen, to scratch) from base an unverified form ger-, to turn, twist
- Rare to crumble
- to clear of crumbs: to crumb a table
- Cooking to cover or thicken with crumbs
- A very small piece broken from a baked item, such as a cookie, cake, or bread.
- A small fragment, scrap, or portion: eraser crumbs; not a crumb of kindness for you.
- The soft inner portion of bread.
- Slang A contemptible, untrustworthy, or loathsome person.
verbcrumbed, crumb·ing, crumbs
- To break into very small pieces; crumble.
- To cover or prepare with very small pieces of bread.
- To brush (a table or cloth) clear of small scraps or fragments of food.
Origin of crumbMiddle English crome from Old English cruma
- A small piece which breaks off from baked food (such as cake, biscuit or bread).
- The pigeons were happily pecking at crumbs of bread on the ground.
- (figuratively) A bit, small amount.
- a crumb of comfort
- The soft internal portion of bread, surrounded by crust.
- A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk, used to make industrial chocolate.
- (slang) A nobody, worthless person.
- (slang) A body louse.
(third-person singular simple present crumbs, present participle crumbing, simple past and past participle crumbed)
From Old English cruma (“crumb, fragment”). The b appeared in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb.