• (America) IPA: /ˈkɹʌmbəl/, [ˈkɹʌmbɪ̈l], [ˈkɹʌmbl̩]

crumble (crumbles, present participle crumbling; past and past participle crumbled)

  1. (intransitive, often, figurative) To fall apart; to disintegrate.
    The empire crumbled when the ruler's indiscretions came to light.
  2. (transitive) To break into crumbs.
    We crumbled some bread into the water.
  3. (transitive) To mix (ingredients such as flour and butter) in such a way as to form crumbs.
    Using your fingers, crumble the ingredients with the fingertips, lifting in an upward motion, until the mixture is sandy and resembles large breadcrumbs.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: sabbiare


  1. A dessert of British origin containing stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar.
    blackberry and apple crumble
    Synonyms: crisp, crunch
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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