[ skruhnch, skroonch ]
/ 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).


the act or sound of scrunching.

Origin of scrunch

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scrunch

/ (skrʌntʃ) /


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


the act or sound of scrunching

Word Origin for scrunch

C19: variant of crunch
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