Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily crumbled; friable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Apt to crumble; brittle; friable: as, a crumbly stone; crumbly bread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective easy to break into small fragments; brittle or friable

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder

Etymologies

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From crumble +‎ -y.

Examples

  • More nervous-making than the crumbly were the three little hovercams that floated above his head.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • The above dough is also known as pte brise, which refers to a straightforward pastry dough brise means broken and refers to the crumbly nature of the dough as opposed to an elastic dough or a dough containing egg.

    Ratio

  • More nervous-making than the crumbly were the three little hovercams that floated above his head.

    SPECIALS

  • More nervous-making than the crumbly were the three little hovercams that floated above his head.

    SPECIALS

  • More nervous-making than the crumbly were the three little hovercams that floated above his head.

    SPECIALS

  • More nervous-making than the crumbly were the three little hovercams that floated above his head.

    SPECIALS

  • The crust was dry and crumbly, which is fine with currant jelly and tea, not mozzarella cheese.

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  • The crust was dry and crumbly, which is fine with currant jelly and tea, not mozzarella cheese.

    Better than Xanax - Gino's East, Chicago

  • Breads made with this kind of cornmeal tend to be dry and crumbly, which is why I prefer stone-ground cornmeal.

    Celebration Breads

  • Breads made with this kind of cornmeal tend to be dry and crumbly, which is why I prefer stone-ground cornmeal.

    Celebration Breads

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