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also crumb·y  (krŭm′ē)
adj. crum·mi·er, crum·mi·est also crumb·i·er or crumb·i·est Slang
1. Miserable or wretched: a crummy situation in the family.
2. Shabby or cheap: a crummy little rowboat.

[Probably from crumb.]
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adj, crumbier or crumbiest
1. full of or littered with crumbs
2. soft, like the inside of bread
3. a variant spelling of crummy1
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(ˈkrʌm i)

adj. crumb•i•er, crumb•i•est.
1. full of crumbs.
2. soft.


(ˈkrʌm i)

adj. crumb•i•er, crumb•i•est.
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also crumby
Slang. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: schlocky.
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