verb[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'.