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- (transitive) 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.
- (with object "one's face") To contract the muscles of one's face so as to draw their facial features together, out of pain, discomfort, uncertainty, etc.
- He scrunched his face at his wife's request.
- Alternative form of
scrunch (plural scrunches)
- A crunching noise.
- “scrunch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.