from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To break into very small pieces; crumble.
- transitive v. To cover or prepare with very small pieces of bread.
- transitive v. To brush (a table or cloth) clear of small scraps or fragments of food.
- intransitive v. To break apart in very small pieces: a solid cake that won't crumb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small piece which breaks off from baked food (such as cake, biscuit or bread).
- n. 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. A nobody, worthless person.
- n. A body louse.
- v. To cover with crumbs.
- v. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; to crumble.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English crome, from Old English cruma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cruma ("crumb, fragment"). The b appeared in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb. (Wiktionary)