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?
Origin of crush
Synonyms for crush
Related Words for crushthrong, horde, multitude, passion, crumble, beat, bruise, squash, mash, break, trample, squeeze, demolish, annihilate, subdue, wreck, suppress, ruin, overpower, overwhelm
Examples from the Web for crush
Contemporary Examples of crush
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
His high school prom was around the corner, and he had been hanging out with a boy that he had a crush on.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
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
December 14, 2014
The main article called Reflections on the Final Crusade outlines in prophetic terms just how ISIS will crush Christianity.The Pope’s Risky Trip
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 21, 2014
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
November 18, 2014
Historical Examples of crush
Beneath the car of this Juggernaut we must flout our judgments and crush our affections.The Conquest of Fear
And she seemed about to crush it on the top of the stone balustrade at the edge of the platform.The Trail Book
That's a kind of human feeling you don't want to crush out in a man.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He was daily worse fed, and as the weeks went by was daily less able to crush a foe.
Before, he had looked like a giant; now Wahb felt he could crush him with one paw.
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.