- 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.
To crumble is to break into small pieces, or to fall to pieces.
verbcrum·bled, crum·bling, crum·bles
To break into small fragments or pieces: I crumbled the cheese into the salad.
- To fall into small fragments or pieces; disintegrate: The ancient castle had crumbled to ruins.
- To give way; collapse: an ego that crumbles under pressure.
A baked dessert of fruit topped with a crumbly pastry mixture: cherry crumble.
Origin of crumbleAlteration (influenced by crumb) of Middle English cremelen, from Old English *crymelen, frequentative of gecrymmian, to break into crumbs, from cruma, crumb.
(third-person singular simple present crumbles, present participle crumbling, simple past and past participle crumbled)