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Variant of crumby, mid 19th c.[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹʌmi/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmi
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crummy (comparative crummier, superlative crummiest)

  1. (informal) Bad; poor.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bad, Thesaurus:low-quality
    Do not bother buying crummy knives if you are serious about cooking.
    • 2011, Randall E. Auxier, Douglas R. Anderson, Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth, Open Court (→ISBN), page 197:
      Whether it's a crummy hometown, a crummy job, or a crummy family, Bruce punctuates his songs with some oppressive tension. Early on in his work, oppression is nothing an open window, a fast car, a willing female, or a tank of gas couldn't fix.
  2. (dated) Full of crumb or crumbs.
    Synonym: crumby
  3. (dated) Soft, like the crumb of bread; not crusty.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "crummy" (bad, poor) is often applied: job, weather, hotel, thing, town, life, movie, food, world, school, idea, person.



crummy (plural crummies)

  1. (informal, British Columbia and U.S. Pacific Northwest) A small van, bus, or railway car used to transport loggers or other resource workers to and from the worksite.
  2. A cow with a crumpled horn.