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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Word Origin & History

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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Slang Dictionary

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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Computing Dictionary

crunchy definition


floppy disk

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Example sentences
Good corn doesn't even need to be cooked to add sweet, crunchy flavor to salads.
Tinny, distorted highs and crunchy lows makes for an awful aural experience.
At that point, they seemed more chewy and rubbery than crunchy.
The contrasts--cold and warm, soft and crunchy--all came together well.
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