[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 scrunched

crunch, squeeze, rumple, compress, squash

Examples from the Web for scrunched

Contemporary Examples of scrunched

Historical Examples of scrunched

  • The books had tumbled out on the floor: he scrunched a piece of glass under his boot.


    Joseph Conrad

  • I'm afraid I scrunched a pearl or two, though: they were all over the place, you know.

  • Her eyes were all scrunched up now with trying to remember about it.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • Kate scrunched her hooves and got real balky, not likin' it a bit.

    Year of the Big Thaw

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Then he scrunched his eyebrows together in thought, and at last shrugged.

    The Jewels of Aptor

    Samuel R. Delany

British Dictionary definitions for scrunched



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scrunched



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