Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily crumbled; friable.

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  • adj. easy to break into small fragments; brittle or friable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. 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

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

    Archive 2005-11-01

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

    Celebration Breads

  • Pop ' s cheery colors and reassuringly familiar objects such as crumbly pies and red lobsters appeal to jet-setting bidders who want to buy art again but aren ' t ready to stretch for edgy unknowns.

    Pop Goes the Art Market: Sotheby

  • Jenny, blooming in blue silk, and Mrs. Crook, starched in white linen, flitted back and forth between kitchen and parlor, overseeing the two maidservants, who staggered to and fro under enormous platters of oatcake, fruitcake, "crumbly," and other sweets.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • We recommend throwing out drugs or vitamins of any age that show signs of spoilage, such as crumbly tablets, sticky or melted capsules, or a change in color.

    Give your medicine cabinet an annual checkup

  • I don't think this piece I've got was ever 'crumbly' .. but hanging on to it for 2 years hasn't helped any that's for sure.

    achiote

  • Zinc alloys with soft solder very easily, and by so doing entirely spoils it, making, it "crumbly," dirty, and preventing it running.

    On Laboratory Arts

  • This was no easy matter, it being a "crumbly" cheese.

    Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1.

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