crunchy

[kruhn-chee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. crunch,
  2. crunch numbers,
  3. crunch time,
  4. cruncher,
  5. crunchie,
  6. crunchy-granola,
  7. crunk,
  8. crunode,
  9. cruor,
  10. crupper

Origin of crunchy

First recorded in 1890–95; crunch + -y1

Related formscrunch·i·ly, adverbcrunch·i·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for crunchy

crunchy

adj.

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.

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