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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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  • The books had tumbled out on the floor: he scrunched a piece of glass under his boot.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • I'm afraid I scrunched a pearl or two, though: they were all over the place, you know.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Her eyes were all scrunched up now with trying to remember about it.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Kate scrunched her hooves and got real balky, not likin' it a bit.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Then he scrunched his eyebrows together in thought, and at last shrugged.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for scrunched


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 scrunched



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 scrunched



  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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