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

  • transitive v. To crush or crunch with the teeth.
  • transitive v. To strike heavily with a crunching sound.
  • intransitive v. To make a crunching sound, especially in walking over snow.
  • n. A crunching sound.
  • n. The sound of an exploding shell.
  • n. A heavy blow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Hard or crusty; dry baked
  • adj. crooked; bent
  • n. The sound of a muffled explosion.
  • v. To produce such a sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Crooked; bent.
  • adj. Hard or crusty; dry baked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Crooked; bent.
  • To bend; crook.
  • To be out of temper.
  • To become perverted or corrupt.
  • To make a crunching noise, as in eating what is hard and brittle; emit a creaking sound, as snow when crushed under the feet; crunch.
  • Brittle; crusty; dry-baked; crisp.
  • n. A deformed or crooked person.
  • n. The cramp.

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

  • v. bombard with heavy shells
  • v. explode heavily or with a loud dull noise
  • v. make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Saxon crumb stooping, bent down, akin to Old High German chrumb, German krumm, Danish krum, and English cramp. (Wiktionary)
(onomatopoeia) (Wiktionary)



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  • In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    No one spoke of him again.

    - Siegfried Sassoon, 'Suicide in the Trenches'.

    July 23, 2009