- To crumble is to break into small pieces, or to fall to pieces.
- An example of crumble is to hold a shell in your hand and crush it.
- An example of crumble is to make something into crumbs, or small pieces of bread.
- An example of crumble is to lose hope for success, your hope crumbles.
Origin: frequentative of crumb
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verb crum·bled, crum·bling, crum·bles verb, transitive
- To fall into small fragments or particles; disintegrate. See Synonyms at decay.
- To give way; collapse: an ego that crumbles under pressure.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by crumb) of Middle English cremelen, from Old English *crymelen, frequentative of gecrymmian, to break into crumbs, from cruma, crumb.