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1A thick, flat, savoury cake with a soft, porous texture, made from a yeast mixture cooked on a griddle and eaten toasted and buttered.
- ‘Enjoy beautifully prepared cakes and pastries, or a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, toasted buttered crumpets and scones, while you are transported back in time.’
- ‘At home my father tears open a packet of crumpets and toasts them on the Aga.’
- ‘I got changed and toasted a hot crumpet to cure the cold and wet, before heading out in the car for dinner.’
- ‘There is a vast difference between clover honey (which is good on breads and crumpets and in teas) and, say, buckwheat honey.’
- ‘Soon enough, there was a pot of steaming coffee and a plate of honey-drenched crumpets standing in front of her.’
- ‘He smiled, pleasantly, as if they were chatting over tea and crumpets.’
- ‘There were no crumpets to be had, and the hot buttered muffins were tepid and rubbery.’
- ‘We shared two hot toasted crumpets and a cherry scone.’
- ‘Staffordshire oatcakes are thicker and round, more like a thin crumpet or modern pikelet, and are fried with bacon for breakfast.’
- ‘Chris stocked it with coffee, tea, honey, jam, crumpets, English muffins and butter.’
- ‘On wet days, the children make scones and fudge, and play pirates in the sitting room, which involves roaring fires, and the toasting of sausages and crumpets.’
- ‘They were low on bakery stuff however; I got the last packet of crumpets, though they were a bit squashed but I couldn't find a single loaf of bread.’
- ‘We started off the morning with tea and crumpets.’
- ‘After a few months I might expand to toasting bagels, baps, teacakes and crumpets.’
- ‘Still singing, I took the crumpets out of the toaster and put them on a plate, spreading a generous amount of butter over them.’
2British informal mass noun People, especially women, regarded as objects of sexual desire.‘fat chance of our running into any crumpet’in singular ‘he's the thinking woman's crumpet’
- ‘I decided I, too, would flit among the islands in search of cheap lodgings, wonderful food, clean, unspoilt beaches and, most important, crumpet.’
- ‘‘There's some really great crumpet here tonight,’ I said.’
- ‘But he's not just the witty boulevardier whose model looks have made him the thinking female student's crumpet for years.’
- ‘Steady on, the reason we men liked her was because she was a tremendously attractive and sexy piece of crumpet…’
- ‘Unfortunately, their consorts are interchangeable bits of crumpet fit only for the all-too-frequent rolls in the hay that come to seem perfunctory, even mechanical.’
- ‘So my advice to any man who has his eye on a bit of crumpet is to just ask.’
- ‘But the shave was the best I have ever had, beating these triple bladed, turbocharged bits of plastic which masquerade as razors, and according to the adverts, guarantee you get laid by some really classy crumpet.’
- ‘I don't even qualify for thinking man's crumpet.’
3archaic, informal A person's head.skull, cranium, crownView synonyms
be not worth a crumpet
informal Be of no value.‘the certificate that they hold is not worth a crumpet’
- ‘Winning races wasn't worth a crumpet unless the money was on with bookmakers.’
- ‘Our dollar is not worth a crumpet.’
- ‘Confidence-building between diplomats is not worth a crumpet in comparison with confidence-building between military staffs.’
- ‘He seems not to have any greater area of his body coloured in than he had when he wasn't worth a crumpet, maybe there has been some growing up done over the last year.’
- ‘Anything that the Minister might say about the cost implications of this in this House are not worth a crumpet.’
Late 17th century: of unknown origin. crumpet (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the 1930s.
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