crumb

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English cruma (crumb, fragment). The b appeared in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb.

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crumb (plural crumbs)

  1. A small piece which breaks off from baked food (such as cake, biscuit or bread).
    The pigeons were happily pecking at crumbs of bread on the ground.
    • Bible, Luke xvi. 21
      desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table
  2. (figuratively) A bit, small amount.
    a crumb of comfort
  3. The soft internal portion of bread, surrounded by crust.
    • Old song
      Dust unto dust, what must be, must; / If you can't get crumb, you'd best eat crust.
  4. A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk, used to make industrial chocolate.
  5. (slang) A nobody, worthless person.
  6. (slang) A body louse.

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crumb (third-person singular simple present crumbs, present participle crumbing, simple past and past participle crumbed)

  1. To cover with crumbs.
  2. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; to crumble.
    to crumb bread

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