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ˈkrʌm bəlcrum·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapseverb

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  2. crumble, fall apartverb

    break or fall apart into fragments

    "The cookies crumbled"; "The Sphinx is crumbling"

  3. decay, crumble, dilapidateverb

    fall into decay or ruin

    "The unoccupied house started to decay"


  1. crumblenoun

    A dessert of British origin containing stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar.

  2. crumbleverb

    To fall apart; to disintegrate.

  3. crumbleverb

    To render into crumbs.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Crumbleverb

    To break into small pieces; to comminute.

    Etymology: from crumb.

    Flesh is but the glass which holds the dust
    That measures all our time, which also shall
    Be crumbled into dust. George Herbert.

    He with his bare wand can unthread thy joints,
    And crumble all thy sinews. John Milton.

    By frequent parcelling and subdividing of inheritances, in process of time they became so divided and crumbled, that there were few persons of able estates. Matthew Hale, Com. Law of Eng.

    At the same time we were crumbled into various factions and parties, all aiming at by-interests, without any sincere regard for the publick good. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The other bill leaves three hundred pounds a year to the mother church; which three hundred pounds, by another act passed some years ago, they can divide likewise, and crumble as low as their will and pleasure will dispose of them. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Crumbleverb

    To fall into small pieces.

    There is so hot a summer in my brain,
    That all my bowels crumble up to dust. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Nor is the profit small the peasant makes,
    Who smooths with harrow, or who pounds with rakes,
    The crumbling clods. John Dryden, Georg.

    Ambition sigh’d: she found it vain to trust
    The faithless column, and the crumbling bust. Alexander Pope, Epist.

    If the stone is brittle, it will often crumble, and pass in the form of gravel. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    What house, when its materials crumble,
    Must not inevitably tumble? Jonathan Swift.

    For the little land that remains, provision is made by the late act against popery, that it will daily crumble away. Jonathan Swift.


  1. crumble

    Crumble, as a verb, refers to the act of breaking or falling apart into small pieces, often as part of a gradual process of deterioration or destruction. It can also refer to the process of breaking something into small pieces. As a noun, crumble typically refers to a dessert made with fruit and a streusel topping, or any similar dish with a crumbled or flaked ingredient on top.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crumbleverb

    to break into small pieces; to cause to fall in pieces

  2. Crumbleverb

    to fall into small pieces; to break or part into small fragments; hence, to fall to decay or ruin; to become disintegrated; to perish

  3. Etymology: [Dim. of crumb, v. t., akin to D. kruimelen G. krmeln.]


  1. Crumble

    A crumble, also known as a brown betty, is a dish of British origin that can be made in a sweet or savoury version, depending on ingredients used, although the sweet version is much more common. It also can be traced to American cuisine during the European colonization of the Americas. A sweet variety usually contains stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar. A savoury version uses meat, vegetables and a sauce for the filling, with cheese replacing sugar in the crumble mix. The crumble is baked in an oven until the topping is crisp. The dessert variety is often served with custard, cream or ice cream as a hearty, warm dessert after a meal. The savoury variety can be served along with accompanying vegetables. Popular fruits used in crumbles include apple, blackberry, peach, rhubarb, gooseberry, and plum. Sometimes, a combination of two or more of these fruits may be used in a crumble, for example, rhubarb and apple may be used in the same crumble. The crumble is typically given the name of the dominant fruit in it - for example, a crumble made with apple would get the name of "apple crumble", while one made with rhubarb would get the name of "rhubarb crumble". Coconut has also been used to make coconut crumble. The topping may also include rolled oats, ground almonds or other nuts, and sometimes sour milk is added to give the crumble a more extravagant taste. Brown sugar is often sprinkled over the crumble topping, which caramelises slightly when baked. In some recipes the topping is made from broken biscuits or even breakfast cereals, but this is not traditional.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crumble

    krum′bl, v.t. to break into crumbs: to scatter in crumbs.—v.i. to fall into small pieces: to decay.—n. a crumb: that which crumbles easily.—adj. Crumb′ly, apt to crumble, brittle. [Orig. dim. of Crumb; Dut. kruimelen; Ger. krümeln.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crumble is ranked #27898 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crumble surname appeared 860 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Crumble.

    78.8% or 678 total occurrences were Black.
    13.6% or 117 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 40 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of crumble in a Sentence

  1. Demelza Bischoff:

    It felt like the whole house was going to crumble, it started getting really bad, the tin roof started lifting and the ceiling blew out.

  2. Deborah Rose-Milavec:

    Any time you begin to break down one barrier, you see others crumble more.

  3. Daniel Webster:

    If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

  4. Geraud Charpin:

    This highlights what we have learned already ... that the euro project is incomplete and needs to be at some stage completed seriously, today, there is a bigger risk that the euro project will crumble.

  5. President Ronald Reagan:

    Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself. ...[I] hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.

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