Definition of crumbly in English:

crumbly

Line breaks: crum|bly
Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌmbli
 
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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.
    Synonyms
    brittle, breakable, friable, powdery, granular; short; crisp, crispy
    rare pulverulent, brashy

noun (plural crumblies)

informal , • humorous or • derogatory Back to top  
  • 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.

Derivatives

crumbliness

noun
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  • 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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