Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Miserable or wretched: a crummy situation in the family.
  • adj. Slang Shabby or cheap: a crummy little rowboat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. bad; poor
  • adj. Full of crumb or crumbs; crumby.
  • adj. Soft, like the crumb of bread; not crusty.
  • n. Small van, bus, or railway car used to transport loggers or other resource workers to and from the worksite. A common term when referring to a vehicle with a compartment separate from the cab, housing the silvicultural, logging or mining crew during transport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of crumb or crumbs.
  • adj. Soft, as the crumb of bread is; not crusty.
  • adj. of very poor quality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of crumbs.
  • Soft, as the crumb of bread is; not crusty: as, a crummy loaf.
  • Plump; buxom: as, a crummy lass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of very poor quality; flimsy

Etymologies

Probably from crumb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It's those little things that give me joy about this game and they really do weigh up to the lack of sleep in crummy beds in rooms crowded by people with sore feet and backs and heads because they drank too much and/or had too little sleep and they nag at each other about little things like "you stole my belongings!",

    Charm

  • If you thought Sean Connery kicked ass in crummy low-res, just wait til you see him whip a chair in 1080p.

    Bond Goes Blu-Ray, Reminds Us When Fighting Involved Lasers, Chair Throwing » MTV Movies Blog

  • Being a PD film, “Johnny the Giant Killer” has only been seen in crummy bootlegged dupes (most seem to come from well-worn 16mm prints).

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Trio Network is featuring FLOPS this month, but they don't quite specify if they mean financial or artistic failures, or just plain crummy movies that nobody liked.

    Archive 2004-06-13

  • Woodward was known as a crummy writer so I liked Bernstein.

    Peter Mehlman: Cub Reporter

  • StSanders' Hilarious YouTube Parodies 'Shred' Guitar Gods  :  Music   Hilarious YouTube Parodies 'Shred' Guitar Gods By Monty Phan 10.17.07 Santeri Ojala, aka StSanders, expertly overdubs crummy solos onto concert footage of guitar heroes in full shred mode.

    Hilarious YouTube Parodies 'Shred' Guitar Gods

  • The original PCs in the early 80's were pretty crummy, that is, until 1984 when Apple introduced the mouse and the Mac … Back then Alan Kay, inventor of the Dynabook tablet, said

    Original Signal - Transmitting Web 2.0

  • By the usual standards for evaluating government interventions, which is to say crummy standards, TARP has done okay.

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • As for "crummy" panel slots: at SF, Barry Eisler moderated the Sunday morning panel and served mimosas and bagels.

    Conventional Behaviour

  • Getting any panel is a bonus, so I don't know about calling the early slots "crummy".

    Conventional Behaviour

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  • whichbe has Contronympho although the words are not necessarily all of the 180-degree variety.

    June 22, 2009

  • I wonder if there are enough words to comprise a 180 Meaning Turn list...

    June 22, 2009

  • Whereas Roget has the new meaning:
    crummy also crumby
    ADJECTIVE: Slang. Of decidedly inferior quality: base, cheap, lousy, miserable, paltry, poor, rotten, shoddy, sleazy, trashy. Informal: cheesy. Slang: schlocky. See GOOD.

    September 27, 2007

  • Interesting, the old meaning was the opposite, see Bartleby:

    E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.

    That’s crummy, that’s jolly good. She’s a crummy woman, a fine handsome woman. Crummy means fat or fleshy. The crummy part of bread is the fleshy or main part. The opposite of “crusty�? = ill-tempered.

    September 27, 2007

  • I associate this word with The Catcher in the Rye - Holden used it a lot and I think it was my first exposure to it.

    August 12, 2007

  • In the world of dive restaurants, a crummy atmosphere often equals awesome food.

    July 26, 2007

  • Something that produces crumbs or something that is covered with crumbs; something that is of poor quality; a bus used to transfer workers to a job site. Wish I knew how the last meaning evolved (I could speculate, but would like to find some actual evidence. ;-)

    July 25, 2007