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[skruhnch, skroo nch] /skrʌntʃ, skrʊntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to crunch, crush, or crumple.
to contract; squeeze together:
I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.
verb (used without object)
to squat or hunker (often followed by down).
the act or sound of scrunching.
Origin of scrunch
First recorded in 1815-25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She does not want to listen or talk, she only wants to scrunch betel, and grunt.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • "scrunch 'em, sir," returned the other, setting his heel heavily on the floor.

    The Cricket on the Hearth Charles Dickens
  • She was roused by the scrunch of carriage wheels on the gravel drive.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • There'd be one scrunch and then quite a long pause before the next.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • At last the scrunch of a boot on the wet road struck his ear.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • Peter took it and gave it a scrunch which had in it nothing of the invalid.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • There was no scrunch of footsteps, the snow muffled all such sounds.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • If they stepped on your bare foot they'd scrunch it, wouldn't they?

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • She thought she heard the scrunch of Kate's feet down there, but she was not sure.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for scrunch


to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched
the act or sound of scrunching
Word Origin
C19: variant of crunch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scrunch



  1. To squeeze oneself into a tighter space: I scrunched into the corner and covered my ears/ She scrooged over and patted the sofa beside her. Ooch over (entry form 1844+)
  2. To squeeze: He scrunched the paper into a ball (1880+)

[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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