- (America) IPA: /ˈkɹʌmbəl/, [ˈkɹʌmbɪ̈l], [ˈkɹʌmbl̩]
crumble (crumbles, present participle crumbling; past and past participle crumbled)
- (intransitive, often, figurative) To fall apart; to disintegrate.
- The empire crumbled when the ruler's indiscretions came to light.
- (transitive) To break into crumbs.
- We crumbled some bread into the water.
- (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.
- French: s'effondrer
- German: bröckeln, zerbröckeln
- Italian: sgretolarsi, crollare, ridursi in polvere
- Portuguese: desmoronar
- Russian: кроши́ться
- Spanish: desmigajarse, desmoronarse, desmenuzarse
- French: effriter, émietter
- German: krümeln, zerkrümeln
- Italian: sbriciolare, sbriciolarsi
- Portuguese: despedaçar, esfarelar
- Russian: кроши́ть
- Spanish: desmigajar, desmenuzar
- Italian: sabbiare
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