crunchy

[kruhn-chee]
adjective, crunchier, crunchiest.
1.
crisp; brittle.
2.
Sometimes, crunchy granola. Informal. health-conscious and environmentally aware: one of those crunchy guys who insists on biking to work.

Origin:
1890–95; crunch + -y1

crunchily, adverb
crunchiness, noun
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crunch (krʌntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
2.  to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle sound: the snow crunched beneath his feet
 
n
3.  the sound or act of crunching
4.  short for abdominal crunch
5.  informal the crunch the critical moment or situation
 
adj
6.  informal critical; decisive: crunch time
 
[C19: changed (through influence of munch) from earlier craunch, of imitative origin]
 
'crunchable
 
adj
 
'crunchy
 
adj
 
'crunchily
 
adv
 
'crunchiness
 
n

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crunchy
1892, from crunch. Student slang sense of "annoyingly intense about health or environmental issues" is 1980s, short for crunchy granola; not entirely pejorative at first.
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crunchy definition


  1. mod.
    [of someone] loving nature, plants, and animals. (The type of person who lives on granola.) : He's such a crunchy guy, always saving whales and trees.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences for crunchiness
While crispiness is difficult to maintain, crunchiness is difficult to overcome.
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