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 crushedcrumble, beat, bruise, squash, mash, break, trample, squeeze, demolish, annihilate, subdue, wreck, suppress, ruin, overpower, overwhelm, quell, kill, defeat, squelch
Examples from the Web for crushed
Contemporary Examples of crushed
The train was already in motion as she tried to step inside, and her body was crushed beneath it.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
Tank Battle Jeep Guard Crush -- some editorial changes and the removal of all blood when the guards are crushed by the tank.Sony Emails Show How the Studio Plans to Censor Kim Jong Un Assassination Comedy ‘The Interview’
December 15, 2014
With Marshal at his side, Richard crushed Philip and his armies.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Once a girl's self-esteem is crushed, the effects are far reaching and long lasting.To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Adolescent Girls
November 20, 2014
A couple hundred years ago, of course, the church or state could have just crushed such a heterodox movement.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico
November 1, 2014
Historical Examples of crushed
They stood together by the crushed ring where Mimi had made his bed.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
No grains are crushed or damaged by the feet or shovels of workmen.
There was the dreary monotone of crushed hope in Porter's voice as he spoke.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She comprehended only too well that it was not that alone which had crushed her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
To be crushed, as it were, under the tip of a forefinger was an unpleasant experience.The Secret Agent
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.