Definitions

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

  • n. A small flat round of bread, baked on a griddle and usually served toasted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of savoury cake, typically flat and round, made from batter and yeast, containing many small holes and served toasted, usually with butter.
  • n. A person (or, collectively, persons) considered sexually desirable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of large, thin, unsweetened muffin or cake, light and spongy, and cooked on a griddle or spider, or sometimes toasted.
  • n. a sexually attractive woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of tea-cake, less light and spongy than the muffin, and usually toasted for eating.

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

  • n. a thick soft cake with a porous texture; cooked on a griddle

Etymologies

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

Possibly from Middle English crompid (cake), curled (cake), probably past participle of crumpen, to curl up, probably from crumb, crump, crooked, from Old English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

17th century, either from crompid cake ("wafer, literally, curled-up cake"), from crompid, form of crumpen ("to curl up"); cognate to crumpled. Alternate etymology is from Celtic; compare Breton krampoez ("thin, flat cake").

Examples

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  • Yes! What do you do with a crumpet? You crump it!

    July 29, 2009

  • I love this word. It's just so...crumpety.

    July 28, 2009

  • Enzyme sometimes used in cheesemaking to enhance the friability, or 'crumbiness' of the final product.

    January 20, 2009

  • You can't get good crumpet help anymore.

    September 10, 2008

  • They clearly misspelled Buterzkotsch

    September 10, 2008

  • I'm disturbed by the appallingly correct spelling of Butterscotch.

    September 10, 2008

  • Hork indeed!

    September 10, 2008

  • Er. Is the word hork still in fashion around here?

    September 10, 2008

  • What about krimpets? Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets !

    September 10, 2008

  • Wow, I've been away a bit. Can't believe I missed this one.

    Anyway, reesetee, you have a point about pica. About 12 of them, actually.

    September 10, 2008

  • So why, for the first time in months, do I buy a packet of crumpets today?

    My favourite thing is to put a thin slice of unsalted butter on a hot crumpet and let it melt. Mmm.

    Vegemite etc. is too salty and vaguely nutritious to give true crumpet pleasure.

    But butter, honey and cinnamon is a nice combination for the sweet tooth.

    There are, of course, the various slang uses of this word:

    old crumpet - something akin to "old fart" or "mate", I confess to never having heard this in real life usage.

    a bit of crumpet - a sexually desirable woman

    July 27, 2008

  • Not me. Pica makes me eat chalk.

    July 22, 2008

  • Pikas make me sneeze.

    July 19, 2008

  • Nothing, Prolagus. They're cute and cuddly. And voracious.

    July 19, 2008

  • What's wrong with pikas?!

    July 19, 2008

  • The only pooka I know is a llama.

    July 18, 2008

  • In Asativum's world, yes. They're distantly related to the quite stroppy vulvarine.

    July 18, 2008

  • So a pooka's like a giant pika on steroids?

    July 18, 2008

  • That's right, Asa. They're often found in the same habitat as the much larger pooka.

    *And they're off!*

    July 18, 2008

  • Isn't a marmite a sort of alpine rodent in North America?

    July 18, 2008

  • Of promite, vegemite, and marmite, the only one that sounds vaguely edible is vegemite--and that's only by comparison to the other two. They all sound like laxatives to me.

    July 18, 2008

  • Promite is still made. Better on toast than on crumpets in my opinion.

    July 18, 2008

  • One and the same, sionnach. You can listen to the original broadcast here.

    Regarding the myriad "*mites" that could adorn my crumpet, I'm standing by gooseberry jam and ricotta cheese. Barring that, cream cheese and sliced peaches.

    July 18, 2008

  • I'm rather fond of promite instead. (Do they still make it? Haven't had any in years!)

    July 17, 2008

  • You could always substitute marmite for vegemite on that crumpet, skip.

    Wasn't Crumpet the flirtatious elf in the Santaland Diaries?

    July 17, 2008

  • Aren't we all related, bilby?

    *starts to hum "it's a small world after all..."*

    July 17, 2008

  • Well...I...ummm...I'm trying to cut down. Yeah, that's it.

    July 17, 2008

  • BTW I've just found out that Anchorage is a sister-city of Darwin. Skipvia, we might be related.

    July 17, 2008

  • Pass on vegemite? *shock*

    July 17, 2008

  • Thanks, bilby. Don't mind if I do. But I think I'll pass on the vegemite.

    July 17, 2008

  • Here skip, have another *voila*.

    July 17, 2008

  • Did I forget to mention gooseberry jam and ricotta cheese? I was caught up in the moment.

    July 17, 2008

  • Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC. Mmmmmm...

    July 17, 2008

  • also

    (n) UK vernacular for good-looking female

    July 17, 2008

  • I love crumpets.

    Coincidentally, I was about to have some. With Vegemite, of course.

    July 17, 2008

  • Ahh, the glory and wonder of down-under chunder thunder.

    July 17, 2008

  • Sounds of vulpine chundering ...

    July 17, 2008

  • There's nothing like crumpets with vegemite.

    July 17, 2008

  • I had my first crumpet for breakfast today. It was like a cross between an english muffin and a pancake.

    July 17, 2008

  • I've always liked this word. It makes pastry sound positively triumphant. :-)

    March 12, 2007

  • Isn't this a wonderful word?

    March 11, 2007