scrunch

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Etymology[edit]

Attested since about 1800. Probably an intensive form of crunch; ultimately derived from the onomatopoeia of a crumpling sound.

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Verb[edit]

scrunch (third-person singular simple present scrunches, present participle scrunching, simple past and past participle scrunched)

  1. To crumple and squeeze to make more compact.
    He scrunched the paper into a ball and threw it at the whistling girl.
    • 1793–1799, Robert Townson, Tracts and Observations in Natural History and Physiology, page 154:
      [] and the scrunching of ashes under our feet I have often observed to be disagreeable to many.
    • 1800, Walter Besant, James Rice, With Harp and Crown, page 828:
      Then I put them under my heel, and scrunched them up, every one.

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Noun[edit]

scrunch (plural scrunches)

  1. A crunching noise.

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