From Middle English crome, cromme, crumme, crume, from Old English cruma (“crumb, fragment”), from Proto-Germanic *krumô, *krūmô (“fragment, crumb”), from Proto-Indo-European *grū-mo- (“something scraped together, lumber, junk; to claw, scratch”), from *ger- (“to turn, bend, twist, wind”). The b is excrescent, as in limb and climb, appearing in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb. Cognate with Dutch kruim (“crumb”), Low German Krome, Krume (“crumb”), German Krume (“crumb”), Danish krumme (“crumb”), Swedish dialectal krumma (“crumb”), Swedish inkråm (“crumbs, giblets”), Icelandic krumur (“crumb”), Latin grūmus (“a little heap”).
crumb (countable and uncountable, plural crumbs)
- 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.
- desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table
- At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
- A small piece of other material, such as rubber.
- 2012, Caroline Joy Adams, An Italic Calligraphy Handbook (page 79)
- Then erase any pencil lines with a good, soft eraser, rubbing gently, in only one direction. A dustbrush can be useful in removing any eraser crumbs.
- (figuratively) A bit, small amount.
a crumb of comfort
- The soft internal portion of bread, surrounded by crust.
- A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk, used to make industrial chocolate.
- (slang) A nobody; a worthless person.
- 1999, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alice on the Outside (page 146)
- All Dad can think of is a gift certificate from the Melody Inn? And my crumb of a boyfriend doesn't even show up? This is a birthday?
- (slang) A body louse (Pediculus humanus).
small piece of biscuit, cake, etc
- Arabic: كِسْرَة f (kisra)
- Armenian: փշրանք (hy) (pʿšrankʿ), փշուր (hy) (pʿšur)
- Azerbaijani: qırıntı
- Belarusian: кро́шка f (króška)
- Bulgarian: троха́ (bg) f (trohá)
- Catalan: engruna (ca) f, mica (ca) f
- Dungan: зазазы (zazazɨ), зазар (zazar)
- Mandarin: 渣 (zh) (zhā), 渣兒 (zh), 渣儿 (zh) (zhār), 屑 (zh) (xiè) (all refer to tiny piece in general)
- Czech: drobek (cs) m
- Danish: krumme c
- Dutch: kruimel (nl) m
- Estonian: please add this translation if you can
- Finnish: murunen (fi)
- French: miette (fr) f
- Galician: migalla (gl) f, frangulla (gl) f
- Georgian: ნამცეცი (namceci)
- German: Krümel (de) m, (Austria) Brösel (de) m, (regional) Brosame (de) m
- Greek: ψίχουλο (el) n (psíchoulo), τρίμμα (el) n (trímma)
- Ancient: ψιχίον n (psikhíon)
- Hebrew: פֵּרוּר (he) m (pērur)
- Hungarian: morzsa (hu)
- Igbo: ághíríghá
- Irish: grabhróg f, bruscar (ga) m (collective)
- Italian: briciola (it) f
- Japanese: 屑 (ja) (くず, kuzu), かす (ja) (kasu)
- Kazakh: қиқым (qïqım), қоқым (qoqım)
- Khmer: សាច់ (km) (sac)
- Korean: 부스러기 (ko) (buseureogi)
(figurative) small amount
soft internal portion of bread
mixture to make industrial chocolate
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crumb (third-person singular simple present crumbs, present participle crumbing, simple past and past participle crumbed)
- (transitive) To cover with crumbs.
- (transitive) To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; to crumble.
- to crumb bread
to break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers — see crumble