AskDefine | Define crumb

Dictionary Definition



1 a very small quantity of something; "he gave only a crumb of information about his plans"; "there were few crumbs of comfort in the report"
2 a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'" [syn: rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git]
3 small piece of e.g. bread or cake


1 coat with bread crumbs; "crumb a cutlet"
2 break into crumbs
3 remove crumbs from; "crumb the table"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kɹʌm/, /krVm/
    Rhymes: -ʌm


  1. A small piece (such of cake, biscuit or bread).
    The pigeons are quite happily picking at bread crumbs on the ground.
  2. The soft internal portion of bread surrounded by crust.
  3. A small amount.
    a crumb of comfort
  4. A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk used to make industrial chocolate
  5. Body louse.


small piece of biscuit, cake, etc
  • Chinese:
  • Danish: krumme
  • Finnish: murunen
  • French: miette
  • German: Krümel , Brösel (Austria), Brosame (archaic)
  • Greek: ψίχουλο (psíchoulo)
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: morzsa
  • Italian: briciola
  • Japanese: (, kuzu)
  • Portuguese: migalha
  • Russian: крошка
  • Spanish: miga
soft internal portion of bread
(figurative) small amount
mixture to make industrial chocolate


  1. To cover with crumbs.

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

Crumb may refer to:
  • Crumb (film), a 1994 documentary film about the comic artist Robert Crumb and his family
  • Breadcrumb, a small particle of dry or very dry bread
  • Breadcrumb (navigation), a navigation technique used in user interfaces
  • Crumb, a rarely used term for two computer bits
  • Crumbs, a 2006 American sitcom
In people:

See also

crumb in German: Crumb
crumb in French: Crumb
crumb in Norwegian: Crumb

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