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crunch +‎ -y


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹʌnt͡ʃi/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌntʃi


crunchy (comparative crunchier, superlative crunchiest)

  1. Likely to crunch, especially with reference to food when it is eaten.
    I put some lettuce in the burger to make it more crunchy.
  2. (slang) Having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept of crunchy granola.
    San Francisco was a very crunchy town.


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crunchy (plural crunchies)

  1. (usually in the plural) A pellet of dry cat food.
    • 2008, Bev Cooke, Feral, →ISBN, page 147:
      Finally she paws a crunchy out of the bowl, bends her head, [and] eats it.
    • 2013, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Fledgling, Second Edition, →ISBN:
      He picked a single crunchy up in his mouth and munched it consideringly.
  2. (military slang) an infantryman, as opposed to a tanker (combatant manning a tank)
    • 2009, James Wesley Rawles, Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse:
      "Inside, tankers carry full-length M16s for crew protection from crunchies."
    • 2009, Chris Bunch, Allan cole, A Reckoning For Kings: A Novel of Vietnam:
      Since tankers are no brighter than infantry types, those men assigned to the Twelfth Infantry Division's armored unit thought their tour was a bitter waste, rather than being grateful for not getting wiped out nearly as regularly as the crunchies did.

See also[edit]

  • crunchie (chocolate sweet; infantry soldier; white Afrikaner)