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[skruhnch, skroo nch]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to crunch, crush, or crumple.
  2. to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.
verb (used without object)
  1. to squat or hunker (often followed by down).
  1. the act or sound of scrunching.

Origin of scrunch

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch
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British Dictionary definitions for scrunch


  1. to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched
  1. the act or sound of scrunching

Word Origin

C19: variant of crunch
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Word Origin and History for scrunch


1825, "to bite," intensive form of crunch (v.); ultimately imitative. Meaning "to squeeze" is recorded from 1835 (implied in scrunched). Related: Scrunching.

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