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.]

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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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  • Isn't this a wonderful word?

    March 11, 2007

  • I've always liked this word. It makes pastry sound positively triumphant. :-)

    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

  • There's nothing like crumpets with vegemite.

    July 17, 2008

  • Sounds of vulpine chundering ...

    July 17, 2008

  • Ahh, the glory and wonder of down-under chunder thunder.

    July 17, 2008

  • 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

  • Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC. Mmmmmm...

    July 17, 2008

  • Did I forget to mention gooseberry jam and ricotta cheese? I was caught up in the moment.

    July 17, 2008

  • Here skip, have another *voila*.

    July 17, 2008

  • Thanks, bilby. Don't mind if I do. But I think I'll pass on the vegemite.

    July 17, 2008

  • Pass on vegemite? *shock*

    July 17, 2008

  • BTW I've just found out that Anchorage is a sister-city of Darwin. Skipvia, we might be related.

    July 17, 2008

  • Well...I...ummm...I'm trying to cut down. Yeah, that's it.

    July 17, 2008

  • Aren't we all related, bilby?

    *starts to hum "it's a small world after all..."*

    July 17, 2008

  • You could always substitute marmite for vegemite on that crumpet, skip.

    Wasn't Crumpet the flirtatious elf in the Santaland Diaries?

    July 17, 2008

  • I'm rather fond of promite instead. (Do they still make it? Haven't had any in years!)

    July 17, 2008

  • One and the same, sionnach. You can listen to the original broadcast here.

    Regarding the myriad "*mites" that could adorn my crumpet, I'm standing by gooseberry jam and ricotta cheese. Barring that, cream cheese and sliced peaches.

    July 18, 2008

  • Promite is still made. Better on toast than on crumpets in my opinion.

    July 18, 2008

  • Of promite, vegemite, and marmite, the only one that sounds vaguely edible is vegemite--and that's only by comparison to the other two. They all sound like laxatives to me.

    July 18, 2008

  • Isn't a marmite a sort of alpine rodent in North America?

    July 18, 2008

  • That's right, Asa. They're often found in the same habitat as the much larger pooka.

    *And they're off!*

    July 18, 2008

  • So a pooka's like a giant pika on steroids?

    July 18, 2008

  • In Asativum's world, yes. They're distantly related to the quite stroppy vulvarine.

    July 18, 2008

  • The only pooka I know is a llama.

    July 18, 2008

  • What's wrong with pikas?!

    July 19, 2008

  • Nothing, Prolagus. They're cute and cuddly. And voracious.

    July 19, 2008

  • Pikas make me sneeze.

    July 19, 2008

  • Not me. Pica makes me eat chalk.

    July 22, 2008

  • So why, for the first time in months, do I buy a packet of crumpets today?

    My favourite thing is to put a thin slice of unsalted butter on a hot crumpet and let it melt. Mmm.

    Vegemite etc. is too salty and vaguely nutritious to give true crumpet pleasure.

    But butter, honey and cinnamon is a nice combination for the sweet tooth.

    There are, of course, the various slang uses of this word:

    old crumpet - something akin to "old fart" or "mate", I confess to never having heard this in real life usage.

    a bit of crumpet - a sexually desirable woman

    July 27, 2008

  • Wow, I've been away a bit. Can't believe I missed this one.

    Anyway, reesetee, you have a point about pica. About 12 of them, actually.

    September 10, 2008

  • What about krimpets? Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets !

    September 10, 2008

  • Er. Is the word hork still in fashion around here?

    September 10, 2008

  • Hork indeed!

    September 10, 2008

  • I'm disturbed by the appallingly correct spelling of Butterscotch.

    September 10, 2008

  • They clearly misspelled Buterzkotsch

    September 10, 2008

  • You can't get good crumpet help anymore.

    September 10, 2008

  • Enzyme sometimes used in cheesemaking to enhance the friability, or 'crumbiness' of the final product.

    January 20, 2009

  • I love this word. It's just so...crumpety.

    July 28, 2009

  • Yes! What do you do with a crumpet? You crump it!

    July 29, 2009