crumb

A crumb is a very tiny piece of food. Some recipes instruct you to top a dish with bread crumbs before you bake it.

Crumbs are what you're left with after finishing a box of cookies or a bag of tortilla chips — the bits that are too small to eat. You can also talk about other, non-edible types of crumbs, like the crumb of wisdom in an otherwise silly movie or the crumb of information a detective finds at a crime scene. The Old English root is cruma, "crumb," and it's thought that the silent b was influenced by words like dumb.

Definitions of crumb
  1. noun
    small piece of e.g. bread or cake
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    types:
    breadcrumb
    crumb of bread; used especially for coating or thickening
    cracker crumbs
    crumbs of crackers used especially for coating or thickening
    type of:
    bit, bite, morsel
    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  3. verb
    break into crumbs
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    type of:
    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  4. verb
    remove crumbs from
    crumb the table”
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  5. verb
    coat with bread crumbs
    crumb a cutlet”
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    type of:
    coat, surface
    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  6. noun
    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
    synonyms: bum, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rat, rotter, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot
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    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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