Definition of crumb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krʌm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krʌm//
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  1. 1a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater.
  2. 2a small piece or amount a few crumbs of useful information The government's only crumb of comfort is that their opponents are as confused as they are. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginOld English cruma, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruim and German Krume. The final -b was added in the 16th cent., perhaps from crumble but also influenced by words such as dumb, where the original final -b is retained although no longer pronounced.Extra examples He didn’t even leave any crumbs on his plate. I swept away the crumbs. She brushed the cake crumbs off the table. a few crumbs of bread I managed to pick up a few crumbs of useful information. The government’s only crumb of comfort is that their opponents are as confused as they are.
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