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[skruhnch, skroo nch]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to crunch, crush, or crumple.
  2. to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to squat or hunker (often followed by down).
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  1. the act or sound of scrunching.
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Origin of scrunch

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch
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Related Words for scrunch

crunch, squeeze, rumple, compress, squash

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British Dictionary definitions for scrunch


  1. to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched
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  1. the act or sound of scrunching
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Word Origin for scrunch

C19: variant of crunch
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Word Origin and History for scrunch


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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