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
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.