Definition of crumbly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌmbli/

adjective (crumblier, crumbliest)

Consisting of or easily breaking into small fragments: the cheese has a sharp flavour and is crumbly and moist
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  • Chalk and similar soft, bedded limestones provide crumbly soils that are both well drained and have the capacity to retain water in the microporous rock structures.
  • The texture was also very pleasant, as the filling and dough sort of blended into one another, forming a gradual progression from crumbly shell to moist, fresh cheese, and the chewy little bolts of orange taste.
  • Although you can use any stuffing recipe that you might use for a chicken or turkey, the recipe below, which has a moist, light and slightly crumbly texture, works well.
brittle, breakable, friable, powdery, granular;
rare pulverulent, brashy

noun (plural crumblies)

informal, humorous or derogatory
An old person: the high proportion of crumblies in the population
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  • For this is the week that crumblies came into their own.
  • Is this the year when the Olympic Games will be taken over by the crumblies?
  • Their project is an attempt to build bridges between the teenagers we used to be and the middle aged crumblies we have now become.



Example sentences
  • His version is a light assembly of intensely sweet, sun-blush tomatoes, chalky goat's cheese and fabulous olives, just suspended in short, buttery pastry of admirable crumbliness.
  • These tasted home-made, with just the right ratio of dry crumbliness to chewiness and that fantastic contrast you get from crunchy baked hazelnuts and soft, yielding fruit.
  • Unbelievable numbers of beautiful beautiful classic buildings in various states of crumbliness.

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