American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A very small piece broken from a baked item, such as a cookie, cake, or bread.
- n. A small fragment, scrap, or portion: eraser crumbs; not a crumb of kindness for you.
- n. The soft inner portion of bread.
- n. Slang A contemptible, untrustworthy, or loathsome person.
- v. To break into very small pieces; crumble.
- v. To cover or prepare with very small pieces of bread.
- v. To brush (a table or cloth) clear of small scraps or fragments of food.
- v. To break apart in very small pieces: a solid cake that won't crumb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A morsel: specifically, a minute piece of bread or other friable food broken off, as in crumbling it; hence, a very small fragment or portion of anything.
- n. The soft inner part of a loaf of bread or cake, as distinguished from the crust.
- To break into small pieces with the fingers: as, to crumb bread into milk.
- . To crumble bread into; prepare or thicken with crumbs of bread.
- In cookery, to cover or dress with breadcrumbs, as meat, etc.; bread.
- Same as crump.
- n. A small piece which breaks off from baked food (such as cake, biscuit or bread).
- n. figuratively A bit, small amount.
- n. The soft internal portion of bread, surrounded by crust.
- n. A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk, used to make industrial chocolate.
- n. slang A nobody, worthless person.
- n. slang A body louse.
- v. To cover with crumbs.
- v. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; to crumble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small fragment or piece; especially, a small piece of bread or other food, broken or cut off.
- n. Fig.: A little; a bit.
- n. The soft part of bread.
- v. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers.
- v. break into crumbs
- v. remove crumbs from
- n. small piece of e.g. bread or cake
- n. a very small quantity of something
- v. coat with bread crumbs
- n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
- From Old English cruma ("crumb, fragment"). The b appeared in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English crome, from Old English cruma. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bakers use the term crumb for this network, which constitutes the bulk of the bread or cake.”
“Spoiled, greedy, selfish, North Americans, of which I am one, fearful of someone taking a crumb from a banquet table is what we are.”
“Especially because I am one of those cornbread fans who completely overindulges in an attempt to make sure not one single crumb is wasted.”
“Place the last layer cut side down on top of the cake and use the remaining buttercream to frost the sides and top (This cake is super crumbly, so I recommend doing a thin crumb coat first).”
“And have an eye on the dogs lest they slobber him down by mistake as a meat-crumb from the table.”
“The crumb is very tight, so it tends to remind me of a pound cake in appearance, although it is much lighter.”
“With the crumbs secured, your final layer of frosting will glide on smoothly and cleanly, without picking up a single crumb from the cake itself.”
“A little something extra really rounds out the gift and, since plates and things last longer than cookies, your recipient will be thinking of you long after that last crumb is gone.”
“It tastes faintly of sourdough, the off-white crumb is chewy and elastic, the top golden and lightly caramelized, and the crust thick and crisp.”
“The texture of the crumb is soft and tight, so this bread works well for sandwiches or toasted to make croutons to serve with soups.”
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