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scrunch

[skruhnch, skroo nch] /skrʌntʃ, skrʊntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to crunch, crush, or crumple.
2.
to contract; squeeze together:
I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.
verb (used without object)
3.
to squat or hunker (often followed by down).
noun
4.
the act or sound of scrunching.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch
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British Dictionary definitions for scrunch down

scrunch

/skrʌntʃ/
verb
1.
to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched
noun
2.
the act or sound of scrunching
Word Origin
C19: variant of crunch
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Word Origin and History for scrunch down

scrunch

v.

1825, "to bite," intensive form of crunch (v.); ultimately imitative. Meaning "to squeeze" is recorded from 1835 (implied in scrunched). Related: Scrunching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scrunch down

scrunch

verb
  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]


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