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Line breaks: scrump
Pronunciation: /skrʌmp

Definition of scrump in English:


[with object] British informal
Steal (fruit) from an orchard or garden: I remember Gordon scrumping apples from the orchard next door [no object]: they used to go out scrumping and thieving
More example sentences
  • If kids were bad before it was for scrumping apples or knocking on doors and running away.
  • Aah, those cheeky McFly scamps; we hear that when they're not performing their pop-punk tunes, they're busy scrumping apples from the local farmer's orchard.
  • I know I am old but I always say that when I was young if you did wrong you knew that if you went scrumping apples or whatever there would be a bobby on the beat somewhere around.


mid 19th century: from dialect scrump 'withered apple'.

Words that rhyme with scrump

bump, chump, clump, crump, dump, flump, frump, gazump, grump, jump, lump, outjump, plump, pump, rump, slump, stump, sump, thump, trump, tump, ump, whump

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