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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CRUMP, CRUMPIE, CRUMPY, adj. “Crisp, brittle; applied to bread that is baked dry” (Sc. 1808 Jam., crump(ie), Bnff.2, Kcb.1 1941, crumpie). Cf. Crimp, adj.1 [krʌmp(i)]Mry.(D) 1810 J. Cock Simple Strains 119:
An' disna spare her Cheese an' cakes To had our teeth a gnappin, Fu' crump, nae night.
Ags. 1883 Brechin Advertiser (27 Feb.) 3/4:
Ye wid whiles gotten cheese an' fine crumpie bannocks alang wi't.
m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 113:
Wi' crumpy cakes, baith thick and thin.
Lnl. 1910 J. White Eppie Gray 5:
He kept his parlies up the lum, Crumpie an' short an' sweet tae taste, An' ne'er a morsel did we waste.
Rxb. 1826 A. Scott Poems 148:
An' crusts o' pies to yield thou gart, Tho' e'er sae crump.

Hence crumpie, “any food brittle to eat” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 149); oat-cakes.Lnk. [1808] W. Watson Poems (1877) 34:
The bairns gat their wylie-coats on, A bit crumpie in haun.

[Cogn. with Eng. crimp and Crump, v.]

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