scrunch

[ skruhnch, skroo nch ]
/ skrʌntʃ, skrʊntʃ /

verb (used with object)

to crunch, crush, or crumple.
to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.

verb (used without object)

to squat or hunker (often followed by down).

noun

the act or sound of scrunching.

Nearby words

  1. scrump,
  2. scrumple,
  3. scrumptious,
  4. scrumptiously,
  5. scrumpy,
  6. scruncheon,
  7. scrunchie,
  8. scrunchy,
  9. scruple,
  10. scrupulous

Origin of scrunch

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch

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British Dictionary definitions for scrunch

scrunch

/ (skrʌntʃ) /

verb

to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched

noun

the act or sound of scrunching

Word Origin for scrunch

C19: variant of crunch

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Word Origin and History for scrunch

scrunch

v.

1825, "to bite," intensive form of crunch (v.); ultimately imitative. Meaning "to squeeze" is recorded from 1835 (implied in scrunched). Related: Scrunching.

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