Crumpet definition

krŭmpĭt
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A small, unsweetened batter cake baked on a griddle: it is usually toasted before serving.
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A type of savoury cake, typically flat and round, made from batter and yeast, containing many small holes and served toasted, usually with butter.
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(UK, slang, uncountable) A person (or, collectively, persons) considered sexually desirable.

Joan Bakewell was famously described as "the thinking man's crumpet".

John and his mates have gone out to find themselves some crumpet.

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A small flat round of bread, baked on a griddle and usually served toasted.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crumpet
Plural:
crumpets

Origin of crumpet

  • Possibly from Middle English crompid (cake) curled (cake) probably past participle of crumpen to curl up probably from crumb, crump crooked from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 17th century, either from crompid cake (“wafer, literally, curled-up cake”), from crompid, form of crumpen (“to curl up”); cognate to crumpled. Alternate etymology is from Celtic; compare Breton krampoez (“thin, flat cake”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Sense of “desirable woman” attested 1936, possibly as cockney rhyming slang for strumpet; alternatively, compare tart (“loose woman, prostitute”) (itself possibly cockney rhyming slang for heart or sweetheart).

    From Wiktionary