crunch

[ kruhnch ]
/ krʌntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to chew with a crushing sound.
to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.

noun


Nearby words

  1. crump,
  2. crumpet,
  3. crumple,
  4. crumple zones,
  5. crumpled,
  6. crunch numbers,
  7. crunch time,
  8. cruncher,
  9. crunchie,
  10. crunchy

Idioms

    crunch numbers, Computers.
    1. to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
    2. to process a large amount of data.

Also craunch.

Origin of crunch

1795–1805; blend of craunch and crush

Related formscrunch·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for crunching

crunch

/ (krʌntʃ) /

verb

to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle soundthe snow crunched beneath his feet

noun

the sound or act of crunching
the crunch informal the critical moment or situation

adjective

informal critical; decisivecrunch time
Also called: craunch

Derived Formscrunchable, adjectivecrunchy, adjectivecrunchily, adverbcrunchiness, noun

Word Origin for crunch

C19: changed (through influence of munch) from earlier craunch, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for crunching

crunch

v.

1814, from craunch (1630s), probably of imitative origin. Related: Crunched; crunching. The noun is 1836, from the verb; the sense of "critical moment" was popularized 1939 by Winston Churchill, who had used it in his 1938 biography of Marlborough.

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