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

  • noun A small flat round of bread, baked on a griddle and usually served toasted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sort of tea-cake, less light and spongy than the muffin, and usually toasted for eating.

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

  • noun A kind of large, thin, unsweetened muffin or cake, light and spongy, and cooked on a griddle or spider, or sometimes toasted.
  • noun British slang a sexually attractive woman.

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

  • noun A type of savoury cake, typically flat and round, made from batter and yeast, containing many small holes and served toasted, usually with butter.
  • noun UK, slang, uncountable A person (or, collectively, persons) considered sexually desirable.

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

  • noun a thick soft cake with a porous texture; cooked on a griddle


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

[Possibly from Middle English crompid (cake), curled (cake), probably past participle of crumpen, to curl up, probably from crumb, crump, crooked, from Old English.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

17th century, either from crompid cake ("wafer, literally, curled-up cake"), from crompid, form of crumpen ("to curl up"); cognate to crumpled. Alternate etymology is from Celtic; compare Breton krampoez ("thin, flat cake").



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    March 11, 2007

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    March 12, 2007

  • I had my first crumpet for breakfast today. It was like a cross between an english muffin and a pancake.

    July 17, 2008

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    July 17, 2008

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  • I love crumpets.

    Coincidentally, I was about to have some. With Vegemite, of course.

    July 17, 2008

  • also

    (n) UK vernacular for good-looking female

    July 17, 2008

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