Definition of scrump in English:



  • Steal (fruit) from an orchard or garden.

    ‘I remember Gordon scrumping apples from the orchard next door’
    [no object] ‘they used to go out scrumping and thieving’
    • ‘I would welcome back the past, where scrumping apples would earn you a clout around the ear.’
    • ‘We were concerned how the local constabulary would cope with such a situation, being the sort of remote place the biggest crime would be scrumping.’
    • ‘But deep down I would love to see kids mooching round on bikes in groups, scrumping apples and being clipped round the ear'ole by paternalistic cops.’
    • ‘As a child, scrumping apples was my biggest crime.’
    • ‘Then someone much older than me whom I love dearly pointed out the folly of an apple tree in an urban garden: I'd be bothered non-stop by boys scrumping for apples.’
    • ‘I remember getting in trouble with a policeman for scrumping.’
    • ‘If kids were bad before it was for scrumping apples or knocking on doors and running away.’
    • ‘As a tomboy youngster, it was one of my great regrets that I could not manage to generate a piercing rallying call to assemble my pals for a spot of light tree-climbing or scrumping.’
    • ‘Mr Kipling caught two young scamps scrumping in his orchard.’
    • ‘So I'm afraid we did go scrumping and it looks as if they've been there again.’
    • ‘Aah, those cheeky McFly scamps; we hear that when they're not performing their pop-punk tunes, they're busy scrumping apples from the local farmer's orchard.’
    • ‘I know I am old but I always say that when I was young if you did wrong you knew that if you went scrumping apples or whatever there would be a bobby on the beat somewhere around.’
    • ‘But those were the days when a bobby was a respected, perhaps even feared, guardian of society, who would give you a clout round the head if he copped you scrumping.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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Mid 19th century: from dialect scrump ‘withered apple’.