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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
crumb /krʌm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a small particle of bread, cake, etc.:dusted the crumbs off the table.
  2. a fragment of anything;
    bit:They listened to the speaker with complete attention, waiting for a few crumbs of insight.
  3. Slang TermsSlang. a hateful person:That crumb had the nerve to come back here and demand more money.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
crumb  (krum),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a small particle of bread, cake, etc., that has broken off.
  2. a small particle or portion of anything;
    fragment;
    bit.
  3. Foodthe soft inner portion of a bread (distinguished from crust).
  4. Foodcrumbs, a cake topping made of sugar, flour, butter, and spice, usually crumbled on top of the raw batter and baked with the cake.
  5. Slang Termsa contemptibly objectionable or worthless person.

v.t. 
  1. Food[Cookery.]to dress or prepare with crumbs.
  2. to break into crumbs or small fragments.
  3. to remove crumbs from:The waiter crumbed the table.
crumba•ble, adj. 
crumber, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English crome, crume, Old English cruma; akin to Dutch kruim, German Krume crumb, Latin grūmus heap of earth
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged scrap, shred, morsel, sliver, speck.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
crumb /krʌm/ n
  1. a small fragment of bread, cake, or other baked foods
  2. a small piece or bit
  3. the soft inner part of bread
  4. slang a contemptible person
vb
  1. (transitive) to prepare or cover (food) with breadcrumbs
  2. to break into small fragments
Etymology: Old English cruma; related to Middle Dutch krome, Middle High German krūme, Latin grūmus heap of earth
'crumb' also found in these entries:
Collocations: [bread, cookie, food, cake] crumbs, [spilled, got] crumbs on his [shirt, pants], [You're, Stop] getting crumbs all over (everything)., more...

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