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
Examples from the Web for crushing
Contemporary Examples of crushing
Pro-pipeline Democrats, meanwhile, appeared to be searching desperately for ways to turn a crushing defeat into a moral victory.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
“[She] said that at one point I was too heavy, that I was crushing her,” Jonas says.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything
October 8, 2014
But the evidence that the “acting white” charge is about scholastics and not the hang of your pants is too crushing to ignore.No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked
September 4, 2014
Poverty there is as crushing as elsewhere in Central America, but the gang presence is relatively minimal.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis
July 11, 2014
But the question bears asking: Is a student winding up with a crushing debt burden really a better situation than that one?Did Needs-Blind Admission Create the College Debt Crisis?
July 6, 2014
Historical Examples of crushing
The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.
He gloried in his knotted muscles and the crushing power of his desires.
He had leaned back in the chair and gathered his hat close to his breast, crushing it.Way of the Lawless
Yet she did not know that she was crushing out the germ which might have grown in his heart.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The accusing revelation that had come from Crane in the afternoon had been a crushing blow.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
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.