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scrunch

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verb \ˈskrənch, ˈskru̇nch\

Simple Definition of scrunch

  • : to make your body lower or shorter by bending your legs, making your back bend forward, lowering your head, etc.

  • : to tighten the muscles of (your face or nose)

  • : to put (several or many people or things) in a space that is too small

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scrunch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  crunch, crush

  3. 2a :  to draw or squeeze together tightlyb :  crumple —often used with upc :  to cause (as one's features) to draw together —usually used with up

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to move with or make a crunching sound

  6. 2 :  crouch, hunch; also :  squeeze

Examples of scrunch in a sentence

  1. I scrunched down in the chair.

  2. I scrunched the fabric in my hand.



Origin and Etymology of scrunch

alteration of 1crunch


First Known Use: circa 1790


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scrunch

noun

Definition of scrunch

  1. :  a crunching sound



1857

First Known Use of scrunch

1857

Rhymes with scrunch


SCRUNCH Defined for Kids

scrunch

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verb \ˈskrənch\

Definition of scrunch for Students

scrunched

scrunching

  1. 1 :  to cause (as facial features) to draw together

  2. 2 :  1crouch, hunch <… he … scrunched sideways until his back was against a small tree. — Gary Paulsen, Hatchet>

  3. 3 :  to draw or squeeze together tightly <She scrunched her fists.>

  4. 4 :  crumple 1

  5. 5 :  1crush 1





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