Definition of crumpet in English:



  • 1A thick, flat, savoury cake with a soft, porous texture, made from a yeast mixture cooked on a griddle and eaten toasted and buttered.

    • ‘There were no crumpets to be had, and the hot buttered muffins were tepid and rubbery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staffordshire oatcakes are thicker and round, more like a thin crumpet or modern pikelet, and are fried with bacon for breakfast.’
    • ‘At home my father tears open a packet of crumpets and toasts them on the Aga.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We shared two hot toasted crumpets and a cherry scone.’
    • ‘There is a vast difference between clover honey (which is good on breads and crumpets and in teas) and, say, buckwheat honey.’
    • ‘Chris stocked it with coffee, tea, honey, jam, crumpets, English muffins and butter.’
    • ‘He smiled, pleasantly, as if they were chatting over tea and crumpets.’
    • ‘I got changed and toasted a hot crumpet to cure the cold and wet, before heading out in the car for dinner.’
    • ‘Soon enough, there was a pot of steaming coffee and a plate of honey-drenched crumpets standing in front of her.’
  • 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 don't even qualify for thinking man'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.’
    • ‘Steady on, the reason we men liked her was because she was a tremendously attractive and sexy piece of crumpet…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
  • 3informal, archaic A person's head.

    skull, cranium, crown
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Late 17th century: of unknown origin. crumpet dates from the 1930s.