[skruhnch, skroo nch]

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. 2019

Related Words for scrunch

crunch, squeeze, rumple, compress, squash

Examples from the Web for scrunch

Contemporary Examples of scrunch

  • The goal should not be to terrify the bejesus out of the public, lest they scrunch their noses and give up.

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Historical Examples of scrunch

British Dictionary definitions for scrunch



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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper