verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
- crush bar,
- crush barrier,
- crush syndrome,
- crushed velvet
Origin of crush
Examples from the Web for crush
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
His high school prom was around the corner, and he had been hanging out with a boy that he had a crush on.
We have a specific idea to attach to THE INTERVIEW that will crush.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Destiny’s Child and Kanye West Movies, and Spidey Cameo in Capt. 3|William Boot|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The main article called Reflections on the Final Crusade outlines in prophetic terms just how ISIS will crush Christianity.
A new reality series spotlights the extent people will go to impress a crush—from pretending to be deaf to committing theft.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This, then, is the man who has undertaken to crush my friend Lecour on the question of extraction!The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
They can be led by a single hair of kindness—fanatical power may crush but can never drive them.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
Bismarck corrected with a heavy hand so as to crush completely the last attempts at protest—if such ever really existed.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
I should expect the house to fall and crush such wickedness!Caleb Williams|William Godwin
Of course, you and Jack would scorn to notice it, but Donald has a crush on Olive.The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
verb (mainly tr)
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
Word Origin for crush
mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.
1590s, "act of crushing," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.
see have a crush on.