From earlier crymble, crimble, from Middle English *crymblen, kremelen, from Old English *crymlan, from *crymel, diminutive of Old English cruma ("crumb"), equivalent to crumb + -le. Compare Dutch kruimelen, German Low German krömmeln, German Krümel, diminutive of German Krume, German krümeln, krümmeln. Alteration of vowel due to analogy with crumb.
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