crumby, crummie, crummy

The words crumby, crummie, crummy sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do crumby, crummie, crummy sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: crumby, crummie, crummy are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Slang Variant of crummy.

  1. :: noun

    Scots A cow, especially one with crooked horns.

  1. :: adjective

    Slang Miserable or wretched: a crummy situation in the family.

  2. :: adjective

    Slang Shabby or cheap: a crummy little rowboat.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").