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[skruhnch, skroo nch] /skrʌntʃ, skrʊntʃ/
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
1815-25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Just then the first of the long nails in the packing-case began to come out with a scrunch.

  • She was roused by the scrunch of carriage wheels on the gravel drive.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • I reckon old John Bull will scrunch up his fingers in his empty pockets when he comes to hear of it.

    California J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
  • There'd be one scrunch and then quite a long pause before the next.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • I have found out that you must either scrunch them, or let them scrunch you.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • She does not want to listen or talk, she only wants to scrunch betel, and grunt.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • No one had ever caught her in his great strong arms in a quick embrace that seemed to scrunch her whole being.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • At last the scrunch of a boot on the wet road struck his ear.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • The scrunch of the pine-cones crushing under the hoofs of the horses carried a welcome sense of companionship to the riders.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
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
C19: variant of crunch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for scrunch



  1. To squeeze oneself into a tighter space: I scrunched into the corner and covered my ears/ She scrooged over and patted the sofa beside her. Ooch over (entry form 1844+)
  2. To squeeze: He scrunched the paper into a ball (1880+)

[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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