Definition of crumpet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌmpɪt/


1A thick, flat, savoury cake with a soft, porous texture, made from a yeast mixture cooked on a griddle and eaten toasted and buttered.
Example sentences
  • Enjoy beautifully prepared cakes and pastries, or a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, toasted buttered crumpets and scones, while you are transported back in time.
  • At home my father tears open a packet of crumpets and toasts them on the Aga.
  • Staffordshire oatcakes are thicker and round, more like a thin crumpet or modern pikelet, and are fried with bacon for breakfast.
2 [mass noun] British informal People, especially women, regarded as objects of sexual desire: fat chance of our running into any crumpet [in singular]: he’s the thinking woman’s crumpet
More example sentences
  • But he's not just the witty boulevardier whose model looks have made him the thinking female student's crumpet for years.
  • Steady on, the reason we men liked her was because she was a tremendously attractive and sexy piece of crumpet…
  • But the shave was the best I have ever had, beating these triple bladed, turbocharged bits of plastic which masquerade as razors, and according to the adverts, guarantee you get laid by some really classy crumpet.
3 archaic, informal A person’s head.


be not worth a crumpet

Australian /NZ informal Be of no value: the certificate that they hold is not worth a crumpet
More example sentences
  • He seems not to have any greater area of his body coloured in than he had when he wasn't worth a crumpet, maybe there has been some growing up done over the last year.
  • Winning races wasn't worth a crumpet unless the money was on with bookmakers.
  • Confidence-building between diplomats is not worth a crumpet in comparison with confidence-building between military staffs.


Late 17th century: of unknown origin. sense 2 dates from the 1930s.

Words that rhyme with crumpet

strumpet, trumpet

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Line breaks: crum|pet

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