adjective, crunch·i·er, crunch·i·est.

crisp; brittle.
Sometimes crunchy granola. Informal. health-conscious and environmentally aware: one of those crunchy guys who insists on biking to work.

Origin of crunchy

First recorded in 1890–95; crunch + -y1
Related formscrunch·i·ly, adverbcrunch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crunchy

crisp, crumbly, crusty, chewy, crackling, crispy

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Word Origin and History for crunchy

1892, from crunch + -y (2). Student slang sense of "annoyingly intense about health or environmental issues" is by 1990, short for crunchy granola (considered as natural and wholesome); not entirely pejorative at first. Related: Crunchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper