crumpet

Definitions

Food

  • noun a flat bun with small holes in its surface that is made from a batter risen with yeast and is eaten toasted with butter

Slang

  • noun a woman, or women viewed collectively as sex objects. ‘Crumpet’ or ‘a bit of crumpet’ date from the last decade of the 19th century and conform to a much older pattern of likening women to cakes (e.g. tart), delicacies (e.g. crackling), etc. The terms ‘crumpet’ or ‘a bit of crumpet’ are now likely to offend most women although both are still widespread, mainly in working-class usage. Women are now beginning to use the terms to refer to males.

Origin & History of “crumpet”

An isolated late 14th-century instance of the phrase crompid cake suggests that etymologically a crumpet may be literally a ‘curled-up’ cake, crompid perhaps being related to Old English crumb ‘crooked’. this was one of a wide range of closely related words descended from the Germanic base *kram- or *krem-, denoting ‘pressure’ (see (cram)). The colloquial application of the word to ‘women considered as sexually desirable’ seems to date from the 1930s.
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