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Definition of "crumb" []

  • A very small piece broken from a baked item, such as a cookie, cake, or bread. (noun)
  • A small fragment, scrap, or portion: eraser crumbs; not a crumb of kindness for you. (noun)
  • The soft inner portion of bread. (noun)
  • Slang A contemptible, untrustworthy, or loathsome person. (noun)
  • To break into very small pieces; crumble. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crumb" in a sentence
  • "Bakers use the term crumb for this network, which constitutes the bulk of the bread or cake."
  • "Spoiled, greedy, selfish, North Americans, of which I am one, fearful of someone taking a crumb from a banquet table is what we are."
  • "Especially because I am one of those cornbread fans who completely overindulges in an attempt to make sure not one single crumb is wasted."