- nBritisha.an old person. In spite of the suggestion of crumbling or falling apart, the term is only mildly contemptuous and may even be used affectionately. Coincidentally, the 1960s French slang term for old or 'past it' was croulant, meaning crumbling.► 'Senior citizens, inevitably, watch 37 hours a week. "Audiences are getting crumbly", says Street-Porter in media-speak. ' (Independent, 23 March 1988)b.a parent or adult. Used by children and teenagers since the mid-1970s. A fairly inoffensive middle- and upper-class word favoured by Sloane Rangers among others.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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Crumbly — Crum bly ( bl[y^]), a. Easily crumbled; friable; brittle. The crumbly soil. Hawthorne. Syn: crimp. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
crumbly — [adj] brittle breakable, corroded, crisp, crunchy, decayed, degenerated, deteriorated, deteriorating, disintegrated, eroded, fragile, frail, frangible, friable, oxidized, perishing, powdery, pulverizable, rotted, rotten, rusted, shivery, short,… … New thesaurus
crumbly — ► ADJECTIVE (crumblier, crumbliest) ▪ easily crumbling. DERIVATIVES crumbliness noun … English terms dictionary
crumbly — [krum′blē] adj. crumblier, crumbliest 1. apt to crumble; easily crumbled 2. crumblike; consisting of crumbs or small particles crumbliness n … English World dictionary
crumbly — crum|bly [ˈkrʌmbli] adj something that is crumbly breaks easily into small pieces ▪ a nice, crumbly cheese ▪ the garden s crumbly black soil … Dictionary of contemporary English
crumbly — [[t]krʌ̱mbli[/t]] crumblier, crumbliest ADJ GRADED Something that is crumbly is easily broken into a lot of little pieces. ...crumbly cheese … English dictionary
crumbly — adjective something such as food or soil that is crumbly breaks easily into small pieces: a nice, crumbly cheese … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
crumbly — UK [ˈkrʌmblɪ] / US adjective Word forms crumbly : adjective crumbly comparative crumblier superlative crumbliest breaking easily into very small pieces … English dictionary
crumbly — adjective (crumblier; est) Date: 1523 easily crumbled ; friable < crumbly soil > • crumbliness noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
crumbly — adj. Crumbly is used with these nouns: ↑texture … Collocations dictionary