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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
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Examples from the web for scrunch
  • Then scrunch the bundles to loosen the dry leaves from the stalks.
  • For a random pattern, twist and scrunch the fabric, using rubber bands to hold the t-shirt in that position.
  • Ginny's angry face seemed to scrunch up into a single point that jabbed at the fragile bubble of my lie.
  • These are pictograms that use bright blotches of color to show how the mouth moves, the eyes squint, and the cheeks scrunch.
  • Three scans were performed in seated, scrunch and standing postures.
  • They have to scrunch up their shoulders and twist their heads around to make the sounds come out right.
  • The bartender will scrunch up his face and retreat to the register.
  • So, wear the calf-highs and scrunch them down a bit.
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
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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.
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