crumpet

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A buttered crumpet

Etymology[edit]

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 krampouezh ‎(crepe, pancake) and Welsh crempog ‎(pancake).

Sense of “desirable woman” attested 1936, possibly as cockney rhyming slang for strumpet; alternatively, compare tart ‎(loose woman, prostitute) (itself possibly cockney rhyming slang for heart or sweetheart). Note that muffin has a similar sense, and that, in 19th and early 20th centuries, "Muffins and crumpets" was a familiar street-cry in UK.

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  • krŭm'pĭt,
  • IPA(key): /ˈkrʌmpɪt/
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Noun[edit]

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crumpet ‎(plural crumpets)

  1. A type of savoury cake, typically flat and round, made from batter and yeast, containing many small holes and served toasted, usually with butter.
  2. (Britain, slang, uncountable) A person (or, collectively, persons) considered sexually desirable.
    Joan Bakewell was famously described as "the thinking man's crumpet".
    John and his mates have gone out to find themselves some crumpet.

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