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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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Examples from the web for scrunched
  • In the illustration above, the game asks the player to close her right eye while her mouth is scrunched up to the same side.
  • There was an asymmetrical bunching at one side that made me resemble a sock scrunched the wrong way down a combat boot.
  • Engineers are now building photovoltaic cells that can be scrunched when the wing is folded.
  • He scrunched up his face, thrust his arms above his head, and gave the double thumbs-up sign.
  • And everyone scrunched into the small rec room off the yard for deli food.
  • In one picture, his purple, scrunched-up face reveals what appear to be burn marks on his scalp and cheeks.
British Dictionary definitions for scrunched

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 scrunched

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 scrunched

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]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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